Bayern Munich had 12 men on the field for a brief moment in their Bundesliga match against Freiburg on Saturday, and they are now contesting the outcome.
's replacement error threatens to cost them points, Julian Nagelsmann unleashed a scathing assault on Freiburg.
If Bayern Munich's 4-1 win against Freiburg on Saturday is reversed, their nine-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund inBundesliga
table may be cut to six.
After Freiburg complained to the German Football Association (DFB) about an incident late in the match in which the Bavarians had 12 players on the pitch for a few seconds, this is a real possibility.
Nagelsmann disputed how Freiburg could explain their grievance considering their thrashing, and claimed theChampions League
aspirants would have to look in the mirror if they qualified for Europe's premier club tournament based on three points from a match like this.
Bayern had a 3-1 lead when Nagelsmann substituted Marcel Sabitzer and Niklas Sule for Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman.
Coman, on the other hand, was unaware that he was being substituted since his number was not raised, and he did not leave the pitch right away, with referee Christian Dingert continuing the game before the error was spotted.
The DFB will review the matter, and according to its regulations, Freiburg might be granted a 2-0 victory.
"In the end I'm not surprised, to be honest," Nagelsmann said. "It is a procedure that lies with the DFB sports court. It has to make a judgement. In my opinion it can only go one way.
"From a personal point of view I don't understand it. Freiburg would not have scored two goals in those 18 seconds.
"I personally wouldn't have done it. I find that you are exploiting the mistakes of a third party to maybe score points yourself.
"I don't know if you can pat yourself on the back with the sponsors at the AGM in November if you play internationally because of the three points you won, which you actually didn't win in sporting terms.
"I wouldn't be so happy if that were the case. I would have clearly communicated to the club that we would not appeal. In the end everyone has to decide for themselves."
Bayern Munich's pre-match press conference for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Villarreal.
Nagelsmann would like to brush away the issue of the Freiburg game, considering how undesirable it is as a distraction when so much is at stake.
Freiburg stated that they had sought an appeal despite their reservations, detailed an "intensive and significantly differentiated process of deliberation" before proceeding.
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