November 8: Fans Correct, Referee not Seeing Clearly

Soccer referees frequently hear the jeers from the crowd about missing calls and not seeing straight and it was on this day in soccer history in 1975 that the fans were correct when a Bundesliga referee, Wolf-Dieter Ahlenfelder, showed up drunk to call a match.

The soccer match between Hannover 96 and Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion seemingly was flowing with only a few questionable calls Ahlenfelder blew the half-time whistle 29 minutes into the match.  Fortunately, the linesman pointed out the error and the final 16 minutes were played.

Apparently Ahlenfelder did not like any unwanted attention as he headed for the tunnel at the break and he stuck his tongue out to one photographer.  After sobering up some during the break, Ahlenfelder returned to oversee the match finish deadlocked at 0-0.

Werder Bremen’s president Böhmert said: ‘For this show we could have charged a higher entrance fee.’

For his part Ahlenfelder denied taking a drink only saying he had a few schnaps then saying, ‘We are men – we don’t drink Fanta’

Soccer Birthdays

1922 – Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (d. 1996)
1946 – Guus Hiddink, Dutch football coach
1957 – Alan Curbishley, English football manager
1968 – Sergio Porrini, Italian footballer
1970 – José Francisco Porras, Costa Rican footballer
1975 – José Pinto, Spanish footballer
1978 – Ali Karimi, Iranian footballer
1978 – Júlio Sérgio Bertagnoli, Brazilian footballer
1978 – Tim de Cler, Dutch footballer
1978 – Spyros Gogolos, Greek footballer
1979 – Aaron Hughes, Northern Irish footballer
1980 – Luis Fabiano, Brazilian footballer
1981 – Joe Cole, English footballer
1983 – Remko Pasveer, Dutch footballer

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