Frankfurt/Main – The Bundesliga Matchday 9 encounter between 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayer 04 Leverkusen will not be replayed in spite of the ‘phantom’ goal scored by Stefan Kießling.

The DFB (German FA) sports tribunal rejected Hoffenheim’s appeal against the 2-1 scoreline in a 90-minute hearing in Frankfurt am Main on Monday. The result of 2-1 to Leverkusen stands.

“No alternative”

“The question isn't whether this judgement satisfies us from a sporting perspective,” said Judge Hans E. Lorenz. “From a legal point of view, there is no alternative. There are no grounds for the appeal. The referee's decision may have been incorrect, but it is irrevocable.”

On 18 October, Bayer striker Kießling headed the ball wide of the post with the score at 1-0 to the visitors. However, the ball ended up in the goal after entering through a hole in the netting. Referee Dr. Felix Brych awarded the goal.