Cologne loses Lukas Podolski appeal


has lost its appeal against Lukas Podolski’s one-game ban for the

forward’s sending off in a



The German Football Federation (DFB) said Friday that it was

upholding its decision to suspend Podolski after the forward was

sent off in the 76th minute of Cologne’s 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin

last Saturday.

Cologne had argued that Podolski committed ”no crime” to earn

a red card after becoming involved in a dispute with Hertha

defender Levan Kobiashvili, when both players were sent off.

DFB sports court president Hans E. Lorenz says, ”Podolski

contributed to the pack of angry players and grabbed his opponent’s

jersey in the chest area. Therefore Podolski did not do


Podolski will miss Sunday’s visit to Hannover.