Bremen - Stuttgart

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Bremen D. Selke (90)
Stuttgart S. Wamangituka (Pen. 31), S. Wamangituka (90)

Mislintat defends Wamangituka: "Accusations are borderline at best"

By Peter Vice

VfB Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat, a highly respected football administrator in the Bundesrepublik, also weighed in on the controversy surrounding Silas Wamangituka's goal on Monday. 

Silas Wamangituka.
Silas Wamangituka.Photo: Jeollo,, CC BY-SA 3.0

Around the same time Silas Wamangitka took to social media to explain his actions late in a weekend fixture against Werder Bremen, the sporting director responsible for bringing him to Swabia also defended his player.

"It's not as if he held up the ball four times, completed a bicycle kick, or did the moonwalk," Mislintat explained in an interview, "He simply slowed his pace down a bit. I find accusations [of unsportsmanlike conduct] borderline at best."

The veteran football executive recalled the time Karl-Heinz Rummenigge juggled the ball in front of an empty net against Club Brugge before heading in to complete a 4-0 rout in an 1981 fixture. At the time, Rummenigge received goal-of-the-month honors.

Mislintat also spoke of the Congolese attacker's personality. "Silas is a quiet and pleasant fellow, both as a footballer and private person," he noted, "He's never aggressive or abrasive, especially not towards the referee."

German footballing magazine Kicker also published a piece on the incident, noting that the only justification for booking Wamangituka would have come from him showing aggression toward Davie Selke.

If match official Frank Willenborg had deemed the Stuttgart player's actions prior to the goal to be egregiously unsportsmanlike, then, according to the rulebook, the goal would have to have been annulled.

Since Wamangituka showed no signs of forceful behavior when Selke confronted him, he technically shouldn't have been booked at all.

Mislintat, for his part, expressed understanding for Selke's actions as well. "I find Davie's reaction on the pitch to be understandable," he said, "After the game, with some distance and a reduced pulse rate, he'll reflect on it differently."

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23Theodor Gebre Selassie (C)
21Ömer Toprak
32Marco Friedl
5Ludwig Augustinsson
36Christian Groß ↩87
35Maximilian Eggestein
10Leonardo Bittencourt ↩60
8Yūya Ōsako ↩80
22Tahith Chong
19Joshua Sargent ↩60
27Stefanos Kapino
9Davie Selke ↪60
41Nick Woltemade ↪60
17Felix Agu
18Niklas Moisander
33Julian Rieckmann
20Romano Schmid ↪80
28Ilia Gruev
29Patrick Erras ↪87
1Gregor Kobel
5Konstantinos Mavropanos ↩46
2Waldemar Anton
4Marc-Oliver Kempf
3Wataru Endo
14Silas Wamangituka ↩90
23Orel Mangala
8Gonzalo Castro (C) ↩59
24Borna Sosa
9Sasa Kalajdzic ↩59
7Tanguy Coulibaly ↩73
33Fabian Bredlow
15Pascal Stenzel ↪46
35Marcin Kamiński
19Darko Churlinov ↪90
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