Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
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VAR chaos strikes again as Bundesliga referee hands Mainz 'half-time' penalty

VAR chaos strikes again as Bundesliga referee hands Mainz 'half-time' penalty

Pablo De Basis then scored the spot-kick for Mainz, only for all of the players to go trudging back down the tunnel again.

In the 45th minute, Freiburg's Marc-Oliver Kempf handled a shot from Daniel Brosinski in the six-yard box.

Cape Town - A bizarrely awarded penalty and a goalkeeping howler helped Mainz to a vital 2-0 victory over Bundesliga relegation rivals Freiburg on Monday.

Guido Winkmann had already sent the players to their dressing rooms in Mainz's match at home to Freiburg in the Bundesliga, when he had to call them back out after a handball was spotted on video replays.

De Blasis added a second with ten minutes remaining, but there is likely to be significant fallout from this match (and that decision in particular) in the coming days.

The freaky spectacle only added to farcical scenes in a crucial game for both teams.


"We're not going out", said Streich as he led his confused players back into the changing room.

De Blasis sealed the win late on to earn Mainz their first win in seven games.

They will, however, carry on the experiment next season with more VAR games in cup competitions and the possibility of it being used in the Premier League as a trial run with the results not being used.

The man in the middle then received a call from his video assistant, instructing him to check the incident.

After finally getting their halftime break, the players were forced to wait again for the second half after Mainz fans threw hundreds of rolls of toilet paper onto the pitch in protest against Monday night games.

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