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Bayern Munich have 12 PLAYERS on the pitch after incredible substitution mix-up against Freiburg

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An incredible mix-up saw Bayern Munich have 12 players on the pitch towards the end of their 4-1 victory over Freiburg. 

The Bavarians were already two goals up when a moment of confusion led to them playing with an extra man for around 20 seconds.

It caused a delay to the end of the match and Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier says they will ‘think about’ whether to protest the match.

Bayern Munich's game with Freiburg was temporarily stopped as the Bavarian side had too many players on the pitch

Bayern Munich's game with Freiburg was temporarily stopped as the Bavarian side had too many players on the pitch

Bayern Munich’s game with Freiburg was temporarily stopped as the Bavarian side had too many players on the pitch

The chaos sparked when Bayern made two substitutions with just under ten minutes of the game remaining.

Niklas Sule was sent on to replace Corentin Tolisso, who was forced off through illness having himself just come on as a substitute. 

However, the defender came on before Kingsley Coman, who was subbed at the same time for Marcel Sabitzer had been removed from the field.

This left Bayern with 11 outfielders and the game was momentarily played before the error was spotted.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann, blamed the error on the electronic substitutions board.

Kingsley Coman was meant to come off though Julian Nagelsmann said the wrong number was shown on the electronic board

Kingsley Coman was meant to come off though Julian Nagelsmann said the wrong number was shown on the electronic board

Kingsley Coman was meant to come off though Julian Nagelsmann said the wrong number was shown on the electronic board

It’s said that instead of Coman’s No 11 shirt, the 29 came up – a number that does not belong to any of the Bayern squad.  

He said during his post-match interview: ‘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. It was nothing game changing.’

Freiburg defender Nico Schlotterbeck said after the game that he told the referee of the issue.

Bayern Munich claimed a 4-1 victory though Freiburg are considering whether to protest

Bayern Munich claimed a 4-1 victory though Freiburg are considering whether to protest

Bayern Munich claimed a 4-1 victory though Freiburg are considering whether to protest

The referee in communication with Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, the fourth official and Julian Nagelsmann

The referee in communication with Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, the fourth official and Julian Nagelsmann

The referee in communication with Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, the fourth official and Julian Nagelsmann

He told Sky Germany: ‘Niki Sule came in and I noticed that nobody went off.

‘Then the game started again, I first counted the players and then informed the referee. If I hadn’t done that, I think he wouldn’t have noticed.’

Freiburg director Saier added: ‘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.’

The DFB rules state: ‘If a player is not entitled to play or to field a game, the team that culpably fielded this player loses the game 0-2 and the opponent wins 2-0, unless the match has not been restarted by the referee after the player who is ineligible to play has been fielded.’

However, there is no indication that Bayern Munich will be penalised, especially if it was a wrong number displayed on the electronic board. 

Bayern Munich claimed all three points thanks to goals from Coman, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry and Marcel Sabitzer.  

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