Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling has claimed he did not see his header go through the hole in the side of the net as he 'scored' for Leverkusen against Hoffenheim on Friday.
Kiessling scored the second in his side's 2-1 win with a goal that went through the side-netting into the net, resulting in more calls for goal-line technology in the Bundesliga.
The 29 year-old told Bayer's official TV channel that he did not know about the incident and has found it hard to take some fierce criticism. "The whole criticism that has come my way has been quite hard. Everyone assumes that I saw it and had to say," said Kiessling.
"There were 30,000 people in the stadium who didn't see it. I am among them. I saw the ball fly in the direction of the side-netting, but I didn't see the impact."
He said he told referee Felix Brych that he didn't know what had happened.
"I said to him I didn't know how it went in," insisted Kiessling.
"If it were so I could have been the last person not to have said that the ball went through a stupid hole."
Goal-line technology has not yet been introduced in Germany, with the German Football league's chief executive Andreas Rettig insisting that the technology will not be put in place until 2015 at the earliest, despite the incident.
Bayer Leverkusen and Kiessling must now turn their attention to tomorrow's UEFA Champions League clash at home to Shakhtar Donetsk. Kiessling hopes that the attention will now be away from him.
"I hope that it will all calm down in the coming days," he said.
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