Hertha Berlin has lost its latest appeal against the outcome of its Bundesliga relegation play-off against Fortuna Dusseldorf earlier this month.
After more than 10 hours of deliberation in
"The tribunal, chaired by
"The decision means Hertha's relegation from the Bundesliga stands."
The statement added that the club still has the option of appealing to the the DFB's own Court of Arbitration or the international Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The fixture in
Once order was restored the match ended in a 2-2 draw, enough for Fortuna to win 4-3 on aggregate.
Hertha argued that the result should be declared null and void and the match replayed as its players were unable to focus on football during the final minute of the match, and lodged an initial appeal that was rejected earlier this week.
Newly-promoted Hertha Berlin has strengthened its squad for next season's Bundesliga campaign by signing Japan midfielder Hajime Hosogai from Bayer Leverkusen for one million euros ($1.31 million).