Dortmund boss slams ref after draw at Hoffenheim
BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has slammed the referee who sent off their Germany international winger Marco Reus in the 2-2 draw at Hoffenheim. Hoffenheim remain the only unbeaten team in Germany’s top flight this season after Friday night’s stalemate. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang earned a point for the visitors just after the break with his 16th league goal of the season. But Dortmund played the entire second half with 10 men after Reus’s dismissal and Watzke was furious with the performance of referee Benjamin Brand. The official missed Sandro Wagner’s push on Sven Bender to make it 2-1 to the hosts on 20 minutes at a sold-out Rhein Neckar Arena, before Aubameyang struck the leveller. And Brand missed a pull by Nadiem Amiri on Reus, who then earned a second yellow-and subsequent red-on 41 minutes having already been booked early on. “I’m happy (with the result), but still annoyed by these unbelievable incorrect decisions in the first half, that is clear,” Watzke told Sky. “Everyone saw the push (from Wagner) and the referee was five metres away.