BERLIN: German referee Helmut Fleischer confirmed on Monday that he had received threatening phone calls since his awarding Kaiserslautern a penalty which gave them a 3-2 victory over Cologne in the domestic championship on Saturday.
Fleischer had his private number posted on a Cologne supporters’ internet forum since he gave the penalty in injury-time of the match.
“Since Saturday, I have been the subject of threatening phone calls, which is not at all pleasant,” he told TV sports channel DSF.
His decision had incensed Colgone midfielder Christian Springer, who had been the guilty party.
“He did that deliberately,” stormed Springer after the match. “He has already done it before and he will do it again.”
Springer and Fleischer have clashed before when the referee awarded a controversial penalty against the player in the 2-1 defeat by Borussia Dortmund, which condemned Cologne to relegation in 2002. – AFP