Hoffenheim's case to have their game against Bayer Leverkusen replayed due to a 'ghost goal' has been rejected by the German Football Association. 

The incident refers to a 70th minute Stefan Kießling header that gave Leverkusen a 2-1 win over their opponents.

The corner was swung in from the left and a diagonal run across his marker from Kiessling gave him a headed chance at the near post. Dejected by missing a header with little pressure on him, he put his hands on his head and walked back to his position ready for the goal-kick.

However, Hoffenheim were picking the ball out of the net and the players congratulating him as it became obvious Felix Brych had awarded Leverkusen the goal. 

Replays around the stadium showed that the ball had entered through the side-netting, meaning that the goal shouldn't have stood but Brych hadn't noticed that the ball didn't cross the line, which meant Hoffenheim were denied a point that they had rightfully deserved. 

Brych said: "I thought that the ball had gone past the goal. I lost the ball from view as my line of sight was obstructed."

The Bayer Leverkusen sports director Rudi Völler too called for the game to be replayed, his take being that they should replay only the last 22 minutes, as before this the game hadn't been tarnished by a poor decision. 

It now leaves Hoffenheim in an interesting position as the initial ruling has clearly not produced the result that they wanted. They have the option to appeal the decision that the German FA have reached but it is somewhat unlikely that they will find differently to their original ruling. 

It is likely that they will point to the fact that the decision could set a precedent, meaning that all contentious decisions could lead to retrospective reviews or matches being replayed. 

It will most likely go down as an unlucky decision for Hoffenheim, one which they will hope will even itself out across the season.


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