WOLFSBURG have been thrown out of the German Cup for making TOO MANY substitutes against Preussen Munster.
The Bundesliga side sealed a 3-1 first round victory after extra time over the minnows on Sunday 8 August.
However, the German Soccer Federation announced yesterday that its sports court had decided to overturn Wolfsburg's win and award a 2-0 victory to the fourth-division side.
That is due to Wolfsburg making six subs rather than the five permitted in the match.
Stephan Oberholz, deputy chairman of the sports court, said: “The clubs themselves are responsible for substitutions.
“One of their basic duties is to find out about substitution options and to act accordingly.
“Wolfsburg violated this duty and thus carelessly and avoidably committed the central error by making the illegal sixth substitution.”
The game was Wolfsburg coach Mark van Bommel’s first in charge of the club.
The former Dutch midfielder made three subs in normal time and then another three in extra time after his team had equalised in the dying seconds.
Admir Mehmedi was brought on for Maximilian Philipp as the sixth substitution when the teams were still level but less than a minute later Wolfsburg scored.
Oberholz says the mistake cannot be blamed on the referees who allowed the substitution because ‘the central initial error is the club's fault’ as the federation announced Munster will play in the second round.
However, Wolfsburg have said they will not give up their fight.
Wolfsburg chief executive Tim Schumacher said: “We don't agree with the decision and will now check legal options.”
Wolfsburg attempted to make light of its mistake when on Saturday they offered fans that bought five tickets for its clash against Bochum a sixth ticket for free.
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