Lukas Podolski seems to be having fun in Japan.

The German forward began a new chapter in his career when he joined J-League side Vissel Kobe from Galatasaray in the summer.

He’s discovering that no matter where you play, there will always be dubious refereeing.

During an Emperor’s Cup game against Kashima Antlers, Podolski picked up a yellow card for the tiniest of arm movements.

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While he was minding his own business during a set-piece, his arm moved back just a fraction and touched Antlers keeper Sun-Tae Kwon who seemed to walk into it.

Kwon went down holding his face, clearly exaggerating the contact right in front of the referee.

So naturally, the ref booked Podolski.

Podolski had the last laugh as he set-up Mike Havenaar for a 90th minute equaliser.

Vissel Kobe went on to win the penalty shoot-out 6-5

Podolski spent three seasons at Arsenal, scoring 31 goals in 82 appearances before leaving for Galatasaray.

He spent two seasons in Turkey, scoring 34 goals in 75 appearances.

Now 32, he’s enjoying the twilight of his career in Japan.

He has 5 goals in 13 appearances for Vissel Kobe, who are currently 10th in the J-League.

He recently called time on his international career, where he scored 49 goals in 130 caps.

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