SC Padderborn 07 striker, Stefan Kutschke displayed a gesture of true sportsmanship in his side’s weekend clash against Borussia Monchengladbach.
After a stray pass from Gladbach, Kutschke knocked the ball forward as his side looked to break but Christoph Kramer stood in his way.
Kutschke tumbled to the floor but no contact was made by the German international as referee, Marco Fritz reached for his pocket and pulled out a yellow card.
After the striker had seen that Kramer had been cautioned, he rushed to the referee to insist that he had not been fouled and so the decision was reversed and a drop ball was given instead.
This is the second time this year that a gesture of fair play has been exhibited in the Bundesliga.
Towards the end of last season Wolfsburg midfielder Aaron Hunt showed similar honesty when he was taken down in the box when playing for Werder Bremen.
The referee pointed to the spot but Hunt refused to accept the decision.
Hunt was honoured for his act of honesty in Bremen’s game against Nuremberg and earlier in this game, Hiroshi Kiyotake showed similar attributes when appeals were made for a corner but he admitted he was the last to touch the ball.
Padderborn in the Bundesliga
Padderborn are enjoying their first season in Germany’s top flight and currently sit in 11th after making a rapid start to the new season.
They have picked up two wins, two draws and two defeats after their first six games and are looking to survive their first season in the Bundesliga.
Relegation fears don’t tend to creep in until later in the season but there is one team who are looking likely to feel the pressure soon.
Hamburg continue to fall
Earlier this month, SV Hamburger sacked their coach, Mirko Slomka following a poor start to the new season where the club failed to score in their opening four games.
They have still yet to bag their first win and sit bottom of the Bundesliga in a position similar to last season.
The Red Shorts retained their reputation for being the only side yet to have been relegated from the top flight after surviving their relegation play-off.
But for a team of Hamburg’s size, their continuing fall from fame is a real worry and there are calls for new investors to be brought into the club to take them out of this deep slump.
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