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German federation seeks FIFA advice on phantom goal

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Stefan Kießling's header hit side netting, but found its way into the goal through a hole in the net.

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's soccer federation will consult with FIFA as it investigates a goal that should not have been allowed because it hit the side of the net during Bayer Leverkusen's 2-1 win over Hoffenheim.

Hoffenheim lodged an appeal against Friday's Bundesliga result. Stefan Kiessling was awarded a goal by referee Felix Brych in the 70th minute when his header hit the side-netting and rolled into the goal through a hole.

''I didn't really see it, I turned away but I was surprised to see the ball in. I didn't know how it got in,'' Kiessling said afterward.

The Deutscher Fussball-Bund said in a statement Saturday that it will consult both teams, the referee, its control committee and football's governing body FIFA ''to clarify the legal position for such cases internationally.''

Hoffenheim wants a replay, as has happened before. In 1994, Thomas Helmer scored a ''phantom goal'' for Bayern Munich against Nuremberg in a 2-1 win. That game was replayed and Bayern won 5-0 to capture the title.

''We can all perfectly understand that such a `phantom goal' is unjust,'' DFB vice president Rainer Koch said. ''The immediate call for a replay is understandable but we also know from the past that FIFA is very protective of a referee's decision.''

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