Chelsea Transfer Target
May 30, 2012, 7:32 PM
Team(s): Oxford United / Groundhopper
Post #1 of 16
I attended the Oberliga Baden-Wurttenburg match between FV Offenburger and SV Spielberg last Saturday and this turned out to be my worst ever choice for a match that was not abandoned or postponed. Prior to the game, both teams were in the relegation zone, along with others all with a similar number of points. Now, this was not a sensible decision on my part as I should have known that an element of collusion between the teams was possible. However, I still went there anyway because it was a good use of my Inter-Rail card, having been to SAK Klagenfurt on Friday evening and planning to go to Ujpest on Sunday.
The first half of the match, although goalless, gave no cause for concern, with the home side hitting the bar on one occasion shortly before HT. However, as the second half went on, it became clear that results from other games was going in the favour of the visitors, and possibly the home side as well. With about 15 minutes to go, the Spielberg players started passing the ball slowly to each other, without any serious attempt by the home players to stop them. Needless to say, at that point it became obvious the game was going to end 0-0. Admittedly the stifling heat didn't help matters, but what really annoyed me was the fact that the referee did not do anything to stop this blatant cheating. He was perfectly entitled to book the players for time wasting, or even send them off (in which case SV Spielberg would probably have been punished by the league) but he did not do anything. Would a British referee have done the same?
When the final whistle went, both sets of players celebrated but the spectators did not join in, they just stood there in stony silence, obviously furious at having been treated with such contempt. What I would like to know, have any of you ever witnessed this sort of collusion in British football? I think there was a famous case involving Coventry and Bristol City sometime around 1976 or 1977 but I would hope that non-league football in the UK has avoided seeing this sort of thing. Your views would be welcome. In the meantime I think I may have to boycott German lower level football. Things got worse on Monday when I attended another 0-0 draw (although on this occasion there did not seem to be any collusion) at Bergisch-Gladbach in the NRW Oberliga. My heroes of the tour are Videoton, whose two late goals at Ujpest on Sunday narrowly averted the 'Doomsday' scenario of three consecutive 0-0 draws, something I have thankfully not yet witnessed!
(This post was edited by Chris1963 on May 30, 2012, 7:33 PM)