Borussia Monchengladbach’s German international Oliver Neuville has been handed a two-match ban after admitting he used his hand to score in Gladbach’s 2-0 win over Kaiserslautern.
The DFB confirmed the suspension after studying footage showing Neuville’s handling the ball.
The incident was missed by referee Uwe Kemmling.
“The handball was not intentional but the referee did not see it and we won 2-0,” explained Neuville.
Gladbach will not oppose the two-match ban but felt the suspension was harsh.
“I do not think punishing handball in such a way is fair at all,” said Gladbach sporting director Christian Hochstatter.
“Sometimes players lash out at one another and nothing happens.”