By Chris Wright
Over in the 2. Bundesliga on Tuesday evening, promotion-chasing St Pauli (they of ‘toaster’ fame) found themselves 2-1 up over Union Berlin in the 80th minute when Marius Ebbers appeared to nudge a looping cross into an open goal with his head.
It then came to light that Ebbers had in fact used an outstretched arm to guide the ball over the line and, consumed by guilt, the St Pauli striker implored the referee to chalk off his illegal goal…
St Pauli then went on to win it anyway in the second minute of injury time.
After the game, Ebbers told Morgenpost:
“(Referee) Welz asked me if I had scored with my hand and I told him that I used both my head and my hand. It was an honest error. The angel on my shoulder prevailed.”