11/26/2012 02:43 EST | Updated 01/26/2013 05:12 EST

Fair play: Hannover's Stindl welcomes 1-match ban after owning up to extra yellow card

HANNOVER, Germany - A Hannover player is proving that there's still fair play in football.

Midfielder Lars Stindl has been suspended for a Bundesliga match after pointing out he should be banned for getting five yellow cards this season.

The 24-year-old Stindl kept count better than German football authorities who failed to register an earlier booking.

When Stindl was cautioned Saturday in a 5-0 loss against leader Bayern Munich, he told his club it should trigger a one-match ban.

Stindl says he wasn't tempted to exploit the official error, asking: "Why should we hide something?"

Hannover published the story on its website with the message: "Hats off, Lars!"

Coach Mirko Slomka praises Stindl as "an extremely fair sportsman" — who will watch the home match against struggling Greuther Fuerth from the sidelines.