Michael Eberwein could be the most unlucky substitute in history.

The Holstein Kiel midfielder was penalised by VAR for touching the ball before it had gone out of play in Friday’s Bundesliga 2 clash with Bochum.

Michael Eberwein was penalised by VAR for touching the ball before it had crossed the line

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Michael Eberwein was penalised by VAR for touching the ball before it had crossed the line

Bochum striker Silvere M’Boussy’s wayward shot was harmless before Eberwein’s regrettable touch.

After a VAR check, referee Timo Gerach booked Eberwein and awarded a penalty to Bochum, which Silvere M’Boussy converted to equalise for the hosts.

International FA Board (Ifab) rules say a referee can take disciplinary action and restart the game with a free-kick or penalty if a substitute interferes with play.


It was officially Eberwein’s first touch for Holstein Kiel after failing to make his debut since joining from Fortuna Cologne in the summer.

M’Boussy’s penalty cancelled out Lee Jae-sung’s early opener.

And Eberwein would have breathed a huge sigh of relief when Janni Luca Serra scored the game’s winning goal in the second-half.

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