Tem­pers fray over op­por­tune goal in Ger­many’s 3rd di­vi­sion

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

JENA, GER­MANY » Tem­pers be­came frayed in Ger­many’s third di­vi­sion amid ac­cu­sa­tions of bad sports­man­ship in Carl Zeiss Jena’s 2-2 draw with SV Mep­pen on Satur­day.

The Mep­pen vis­i­tors were lead­ing 2-0 when So­eren Eis­mann con­tro­ver­sially pulled one back for Jena.

Eis­mann’s team­mate, Ju­lian Guen­ther-Sch­midt, went down af­ter a chal­lenge and raised his hand in ap­par­ent pain, prompt­ing Mep­pen mid­fielder Nico Grana­towski to stop the ball as if to kick it out of play so the Jena for­ward could get at­ten­tion.

But Eis­mann got the ball, burst for­ward, and scored while the Mep­pen play­ers stood around, seem­ingly ex­pect­ing the ball to be sent out of play.

The goal was given amid heated dis­cus­sion and push­ing and shoving among ri­val play­ers.

To add in­sult to in­jury, Eis­mann sal­vaged a draw with a late equal­izer.

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