Defender Pogatetz extends Hannover contract

Austria defender Emanuel Pogatetz has extended his contract with

Bundesliga side Hannover.

Hannover says the 29-year-old Pogatetz has signed a new deal to

keep him at the club until 2015. His contract had been due to

expire at the end of next season.

Pogatetz has played 47 Bundesliga games for Hannover since

arriving from Middlesbrough in 2010.

Hannover sporting director Joerg Schmadtke says he is ”an

important cornerstone of our team.”

Pogatetz was banned for three matches earlier this month when

the German football federation said he intentionally punched

Nuremberg’s Philipp Wollscheid in a 1-0 Hannover win.