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Huszti's ban for 'excessive' celebrations upheld

Associated Press Published: September 18, 2012
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BERLIN (AP) — The German Football Federation (DFB) has upheld a one-match ban for Hannover midfielder Szabolcs Huszti which he received after being sent off for celebrating a winning goal.

Huszti was shown two yellow cards after scoring an overhead injury-time winner in Saturday's 3-2 win over Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.

Referee Deniz Aytekin issued the first yellow card to the Hungarian midfielder for taking his shirt off, and a second for climbing the stands to celebrate with fans.

The DFB says Aytekin's decision "conforms with rules" drawn up "to prevent too much time-wasting through excessive goal celebrations."

Citing referees' instructions based on FIFA regulations, the DFB further said if a player commits a second offence warranting a booking he "must be sent off with a second yellow card."