Hertha BSC player Florian Niederlechner is annoyed after being red

Hertha BSC player Florian Niederlechner is annoyed after being red

Only the prospect of the upcoming Christmas party with his colleagues was able to calm Florian Niederlechner a little. The first direct red card of his long career really bothered the 33-year-old offensive player from Hertha BSC. He had to tell everyone about the injustice he had experienced from his perspective. “Again another reason that nobody needs the s—,” said Niederlechner in the mixed zone. When he left the field, he loudly uttered the insult in full.

That “Sch…”, as the veteran described it in order to avoid another verbal derailment in the mixed zone, is the video evidence. For Niederlechner in the 0-0 draw against VfL Osnabrück, the VAR was the source of all evil. The final phase took place in the dull second division game. A wild scene in midfield was confusing. Niederlechner finally hit his opponent Lukas Kunze in the shin. Yellow card, said referee Patrick Ittrich, to revise this attitude according to the video images.

“That’s the nonsense of all the video evidence. They then look at the still image, then they see that I had my open sole on his ankle and then they give a red card. That’s why nobody needs it, nobody wants it, it was another scene like that,” said the Hertha attacker. He complained that the fact that he had no dynamism and no speed in his kick was of no interest when studying on the screen. “Sorry, that’s not helpful and that’s why everyone hates video evidence,” he continued.

Niederlechner hopes for leniency

But all the complaining was of no use. Hertha will miss Niederlechner at the start of the year. It remains to be seen how many games will be suspended in addition to the mandatory one for the start of the second half of the season on January 21st against Fortuna Düsseldorf. Niederlechner is hoping for leniency from the DFB judges.

Bitter for the veteran: Things were going really well. No goals in the first nine appearances of the season and then six in the last four games. The former Augsburg player had found his role as an offensive ten. When he’s back there will be no shortage of effort. Because the goal of returning to the Bundesliga seems possible with a six point deficit in third place.

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“I think everything is open in the second half of the season. We will step on the gas in the training camp and do everything we can to ensure that we can still attack at the top. Full attack in the second half of the season,” said Niederlechner and said goodbye to the Christmas party with his colleagues.


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