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Cologne set to protest over controversial Dortmund VAR goal

Cologne say they plan to protest to the German Football Association over the controversial second goal which has raised further debate over the video assistant referee.

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Referee Patrick Ittrich awaits instruction from the VAR to give the penalty to Dortmund against Cologne.
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Cologne say they plan to protest to the German Football Association (DFB) on Monday over a controversial goal which has raised debate over the video assistant referee (VAR) in Germany's top flight.

VAR decision riles Cologne

Cologne were crushed 5-0 at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Sunday which left them bottom of the German league after four straight defeats. But Cologne's bench were furious after Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored just before the half-time break in controversial fashion to make it 2-0.

In the build-up to the goal, Sokratis pushed Cologne defender Dominique Heintz, who knocked into goalkeeper Timo Horn, which caused him to fumble the ball from which Sokratis scored. The referee Patrick Ittrich allowed the goal to stand after consulting with the VAR.

Borussia Dortmund players celebrate after the 5-0 thrashing.
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Borussia Dortmund players celebrate after the 5-0 thrashing.WOLFGANG RATTAYREUTERS

Clarification of rule legality

However, replays show the goal was scored after the ref had blown his whistle for the foul, which is against the rules.

"We want a clarification of the legal situation,' said Cologne's director Joerg Schmadtke after an internal meeting on Monday. You can assume that we are protesting, because the rules were broken.

"We can not just pretend that nothing happened."

Cologne's head coach Peter Stoeger argues with a linesman during the German Bundesliga match against Borussia Dortmund.
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Cologne's head coach Peter Stoeger argues with a linesman during the German Bundesliga match against Borussia Dortmund.FRIEDEMANN VOGELEFE

Dortmund point to 'bad losers'

Despite the heavy scoreline, Cologne say the controversial goal was a key factor in their defeat, but Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke accused them of being 'bad losers'.

'If they want to protest, they should, but that is grotesque, almost ridiculous,' added Dortmund's director of sport Michael Zorc.

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