Referee Tobias Stieler assessed the alleged foul on Giovanni Reyna as a penalty. The Dortmunder then made sure that the penalty was taken back by VAR.
VfL Bochum not only conceded many, but the most penalties this season. Too often one acts too impetuously. That was the case again on Saturday against BVB: The second of the three goals in the 3-0 home win from the Black and Yellow perspective could also come from the penalty spot.
There was even a second penalty just before half-time. Tobias Stieler recognized a foul by Danilo Soares on Giovanni Reyna, who had converted the previous penalty himself. Bochum reacted angrily because they thought it was a wrong decision. Stieler, however, stuck to his decision.
And that apparently also happened on Reyna's initiative. After the game, VfL keeper Manuel Riemann told Sport1: "He said to the referee 'No foul! No foul!'" Thereupon Stieler communicated with his colleagues in Cologne and went outside for a review.
Riemann gave an appreciative "Chapeau!" towards the 19 year old.
Even if the scene didn't change anything in the result and the further course of the game, such a fair action is still to be emphasized and praised. When you fall you react within milliseconds, but shortly afterwards a player has to make a conscious decision to react in this way. It doesn't matter whether the 911 might have been taken back without the fair play campaign.
This article was originally published on 90min.com as Fair play: Reyna took the penalty himself.