FSV Frankfurt stage phantom goal contest

BERLIN - German second division club FSV Frankfurt have looked on the bright side at a bizarre goal the referee awarded in their 5-0 loss to MSV Duisburg last week.

"Goal or no goal, now you can decide," Frankfurt said on Tuesday oo their "phantom goal memorial" which urges fans to try their skills.

"Whoever manages to hit the bar from 18 metres with the ball bouncing away from the goal gets free entry to the match," the club said on their website.

Duisburg were awarded their fifth goal when Christian Tiffert beat the Frankfurt keeper with a chipped shot from 18 metres which hit the bar and bounced more than a metre away from the goal line. The linesman told the referee the ball was in.

Both teams' players and coaches were stunned to see the referee award the goal with television replays showing the ball was 1.3 metres away from the line and no players were blocking the view of the officials.