Bayern Munich could face punishment after substitution chaos in Freiburg win

Bayern Munich defeated Freiburg 4-1 in their Bundesliga clash on Saturday afternoon.

After a goalless first-half, the game burst into life in the second 45 minutes.

Leon Goretzka opened the scoring in the 58th minute, only for Freiburg to level proceedings five minutes later through Nils Petersen.

But the league leaders ran away with it in the final 20 minutes, with Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and Marcel Sabitzer on the scoresheet.

There was a bizarre moment towards the end of the game as Bayern briefly played with 12 men.

In the 85th minute, Julian Nagelsmann sent on Niklas Sule and Marcel Sabitzer to see out the game.

FREIBURG IM BREISGAU, GERMANY – APRIL 02: Match referee Christian Dingert speaks with Manuel Gulde of SC Freiburg and Robert Lewandowski of FC Bayern Muenchen during the Bundesliga match between Sport-Club Freiburg and FC Bayern München at Europa-Park Stadion on April 02, 2022 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Corentin Tolisso and Coman were the two men that were meant to make way. But only Tolisso left the pitch, while Coman stayed on.

Play resumed and went on for roughly 10 seconds before Freiburg’s bench alerted the referee and the game was stopped.

There was a considerable delay before the issue was resolved. Watch the moment below…

The incident could be costly for Bayern. German newspaper Bild have suggested, per Marca, that the win could be taken away from Bayern and they could be hit with a points deduction, too.

Explaining the situation after the game, Nagelsmann said, per Goal: “It was a vague situation. Coco [Tolisso] had stomach problems and ran into the dressing room. Coman didn’t know he had to go off too and stayed on the pitch for eight to nine seconds. It was nothing game changing.”

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While Freiburg director Jochen Saier said: “That was an extremely bizarre scene that I have never experienced before. Does that have an impact? I cannot judge now.

“The referee evaluated it for a long time, then let play continue. Will Freiburg protest? We have to calm down now and think about it.”

Whether Freiburg protest and the DFB (the German Football Association) take action remains to be seen.

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