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