Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus was furious about several calls during his squad’s 4-2 loss to Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker on Saturday.
Specifically, Reus lost his mind over no foul being called on Leroy Sane during his duel with Emre Can that eventually led to the build up for Bayern Munich’s game-winning goal by Leon Goretzka.
Reus essentially told Sky Sports (as captured by Goal) that Bayern Munich would have gotten the call in the exact same situation.
“I’ll be honest: If it were against Bayern, the referee would have whistled 100 percent. It is like that. Nothing to add,” Reus said.
As for Can, he was more careful about his words.
“It can be a foul, but it doesn’t have to be,” Emre Can told The Athletic after the game.
The DFB fired back with a retort and declared the decision by referee Marco Fritz as “appropriate.”
“The decision of the referee is appropriate,” the DFB said in a statement (as captured by Abendzeitung). “VAR did not have to intervene since several Dortmund players were on the ball between the challenge and the goal and it no longer was the same attacking situation.”
In the end, DFB officials just felt like the criticism was unwarranted.
“This game management certainly did not deserve the criticism, which was certainly exaggerated in the form of disappointment,” said DFB referee representative Lutz Michael Fröhlich.