Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler sent off after punching striker in TESTICLES in bizarre incident after conceding last-minute equaliser
- Hannover shared a memorable 3-3 Bundesliga 2 draw at Karlsruher on Saturday
- Keeper Ron-Robert Zieler was sent off for accidentally punching Daniel Gordon
- The former Manchester United man showed his frustration after Gordon’s double
- Midtable Hannover were twice ahead before the defender’s 95th-minute leveller
The experienced keeper, who returned to the club where he has punched the most balls of his career during the summer, reacted frustratedly to a 95th-minute equaliser at the end of a thrilling 3-3 draw for Hannover at Karlsruher.
Swinging his fist at the ball as it bounced back across the penalty area following the late leveller, Zieler accidentally caught goalscorer Daniel Gordon in a sensitive area, sending the defender writhing across the byline.
Hannover keeper Ron-Robert Zieler was sent off after catching an opponent in a painful blow
The former Manchester United and Leicester stopper sent Daniel Gordon crashing to the floor
As Gordon collapsed to the ground, Zieler, who had already conceded a penalty, seen Gordon score the first of his two goals and watched Hannover go ahead twice, received his marching orders for a second yellow card.
Hannover had used of all their substitutes, forcing coach Mirko Slomka to put defender Josip Elez in goal for the final seconds of a frantic ending to a match in which they had taken a 93rd-minute lead through German forward Hendrik Weydandt.
Elez did not have to make a save as Hannover stretched their unbeaten away run to three matches, although they missed out on a win that would have taken them to fifth in the table and will be without the banned Zieler for a game.
Jan Schlaudraff, Hannover’s Sporting Director, described the match as ‘pure spectacle’. ‘Of course, the yellow-red card against Ron is unfortunate,’ he added.
‘He actually wants to hit the ball out of frustration and then does not hit the ball, but the opponent. That’s a yellow card and therefore a red.’
Zieler was offered his first professional contract by Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford in 2008
Keeper Zieler (second from left) was part of the Germany squad that won the 2014 World Cup
Hannover will miss the experience of a player who has made more than 200 appearances for the club, having begun his career in Manchester United’s youth setup between 2005 and 2008.
Zieler signed professional forms with then-United manager Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of his apprenticeship, but never made an appearance for the club’s senior side.
The 30-year-old, who was part of Germany’s World Cup-winning…