Hertha Berlin's Final Appeal Rejected, Fortuna Düsseldorf Officially Promoted

Fortuna Düsseldorf beat Hertha Berlin to earn promotion to the Bundesliga.

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Hertha Berlin's Final Appeal Rejected, Fortuna Düsseldorf Officially Promoted

The DFB tribunal have ruled that the promotion/relegation playoff between Hertha Berlin and Fortuna Düsseldorf will not be replayed, and Düsseldorf are officially promoted to the Bundesliga following their 4-3 aggregate win.

The hearing lasted for over 10 hours and was chaired by the DFB's chief legal adviser Goetz Eilers. Over 16 witnesses were called to testify in front of the tribunal including referee Wolfgang Stark and Ralf Ziewer of the DFB security department.

The court agreed that Stark made the correct decision in restarting the match. Stark told the tribunal, "If our security was not guaranteed, I would have canceled the match."

Hertha have admitted that they will accept the decision of this tribunal and not pursue their appeal any further. They do have the right to appeal this tribunal's decision to the DFB's Court of Arbitration or the international Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.

Let's hope Hertha BSC stick to their word and do not appeal this further, so that the Bundesliga can move forward this summer for next season.

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Hertha Berlin's Initial Appeal Rejected By DFB, Second Appeal Filed

The DFB sports court have announced that they have rejected Hertha Berlin's appeal to have their 4-3 aggregate loss to Fortuna Düsseldorf overturned.

Hertha's appeal was based on the argument that their players were unable to complete the final two minutes of the playoff's second leg after Düsseldorf supporters rushed the field in an early celebration. Referee Wolfgang Stark took the players off of the pitch and then restarted the match once the police were able to clear the field.

DFB official Hans E. Lorenz delivered the ruling: "The appeal was unsuccessful as no reasonable grounds for an appeal could be established. The referee reacted in accordance with the laws of the game and Hertha BSC's claim of a disadvantage because of the match interruption could not be substantiated."

There is a 24 hour window for Hertha to appeal the decision to the DFB Federal Court. They wasted no time and have filed their intention to do so. A hearing will be held later this week at the DFB headquarters in Frankfurt.

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Hertha Berlin Appeal Relegation, Referee Wolfgang Stark Says Levan Kobiashvili Punched Him

Hertha Berlin have appealed their relegation to the 2.Bundesliga after the chaos-filled relegation playoff against Fortuna Düsseldorf. The DFB sports court in Frankfurt heard the case, and judge Hans E. Lorenz has postponed the decision until Monday, May 21. Hertha's argument is that the match should be awarded to them or replayed.

The match was delayed for 21 minutes with just over one minute remaining in stoppage time when the Düsseldorf supporters stormed the pitch. The referees and the players left the pitch and returned once the police had cleared the pitch of the supporters. The match was resumed, and referee Wolfgang Stark signaled for the end of the match after an additional 93 seconds. Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz told the media the next day that, "After analyzing the situation we have reached the conclusion that fair sport under the circumstances was no longer possible."

When the decision is handed down, both sides will have the ability to appeal to the DFB Federal Court.

The real shocker in all of this was the testimony of referee Wolfgang Stark. The experience FIFA referee told the court that Hertha defender Levan Kobiashvili punched him in the back of the head after the match as they were heading to the locker rooms. He then advised the court that Kobiashvili, Christian Lell, Thomas Kraft and Andre Mijatovic were hurling insults and profanity at the referees. The court heard these allegations and will address them later in the week.

Kobiashvili could face a very lengthy ban for striking a referee. Just two weeks ago, Granada's Dani Benitez in Spain's La Liga was handed a three month ban for throwing a water bottle at a referee and striking him in the face. Benitez will not be available for selection until November.

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