Bayer Leverkusen’s Bundesliga clash with Borussia Dortmund had to be suspended on Sunday after their manager Roger Schmidt refused to be sent off.
The match was suspended after 65 minutes as protests followed Dortmund contentiously taking the lead at the BayArena.
After waving away calls for a foul on Stefan Kiessling, the visitors broke and took the lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Dortmund’s goal infuriated Leverkusen and Schmidt was ordered to leave the dugout due to his protests. He refused, and referee Felix Zwayer took the players off the pitch.
Leverkusen’s official Twitter account posted: “The match is paused at the 65th minute after Roger #Schmidt refuses to be sent off the pitch and the referees leave instead.”
Dortmund were clearly perplexed by the decision judging by their Twitter post of “??? #b04bvb 0-1” and both sets of players returned to the dressing room.
After talks, the teams re-emerged without Schmidt and the match resumed around eight minutes after the impromptu break started.