Video Wednesday: Playing beyond the Rules

On March 13 this year, the second Bundesliga matchup of Cottbus vs. Osnabrück was suddenly interrupted, when Osnabrück's Flamur Kastrati fell into unconsciousness after a duel with an opponent.

Apparently Kastrati war heavily injured and had to be taken off the pitch and tight to a hospital. There the 19-year-old was diagnosed with a spinal trauma.

The players of both teams demanded that the match should be ended right there, but referee Marc Seemann (who was the ref in Hannover's match one week later) insisted on adding a 12 minute overtime. This is what the players did with that time:

I respect the players decision to continue this way. I couldn't have continued normally either. Cottbus won the match 2-0.

Do you think this is the right way to do it? Btw: Kastrati returned to practice after 10 days and will recover fully.


  1. I think it is a nice initiative by the players, not much the ref can do about that :D

  2. What the hell is wrong with the ref?

    The players did the right thing

  3. Good to see he was alright in the end

  4. absolutely agree with botji

  5. that ref is real dick, but it's cool how they all came together like that.