Bremen head coach Viktor Skripnik claims he knew nothing about Zlatko Junuzovic's plan to get banned for their clash against Bayern München this weekend.
Junuzovic picked up a yellow card, his fifth of the season, five minutes from the end of their 4-1 win over Hannover on Saturday to pick up an automatic one-match ban.
The midfielder admitted after the game that it was intentional to ensure he would be available for the following match against Mainz 05.
"It was agreed, I admit it," Junuzovic said after the game.
Skripnik was left angered by the suggestion that the result against Bayern München was a forgone conclusion and was also uncomfotable with the idea that players were conspiring to get banned for specific matches.
"For us, even games against a team like Bayern are important," Skripnik said.
"In such games, our team can still develop. I do not know what the players coordinate with each other, but when they decide for themselves to get a ban, I think that is wrong.
"I had quite a few critical words for Zladdi [Junuzovic] in the dressing room. It will be more difficult without two high performers, but we still want to do well."
The other man to miss out is Clemens Fritz, who is also banned after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season over the weekend.