Tracking Lukas: Now look how ugly Podolski can get
As it was last week on Red London, the progress of supposedly Arsenal-bound striker Lukas Podolski in the Bundesliga will be staged under the microscope for the rest for the season.
After netting a sublime equalizer the week before, Podolski followed up his goal against Hoffenhaim with a sending off against Hertha Berlin on Sunday as Cologne managed to win 1-0 with nine men.
Indeed, the 26-year-old was slightly unlucky to be dismissed after television replays of his tussle with Hertha defender Levan Kobiashvili backed up his post-match insistence that he was merely trying to pull himself away from the Georgian international.
Referee Guido Winkmann sent both players off with Podolski receiving a straight red.
But despite disrespectfully grabbing his boss Stale Solbakken by the neck while narrating his defense of the case, Lukas Podolski is not a hot-headed, dirty player because that was in fact the first ever sending off of his long career.
A red card carries an automatic one-match ban in the Bundesliga, but Cologne are hoping to have Podolski back for Sunday’s game against Hanover after appealing to the German Football Federation.
Here is a footage of the incident.