April 26, 2018

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

17 April 2018, 06:28 | Sandy Nunez

REUTERSFreiburg's players finally return to the field

Mainz VAR penalty

There were weird scenes in the Bundesliga on Monday as Mainz and Freiburg players returned to the pitch so a penalty could be taken before half-time.

The video assistant referee (VAR) system awarded a penalty kick to Mainz 05 during half time of their Bundesliga clash with Freiburg.

Freiburg's Marc-Oliver Kempf was ruled to have handled the ball seconds before the whistle, and he and his team-mates were called back from the dressing room for the penalty to be taken.

Firstly, it appeared both teams were going into the break goalless.

Pablo De Blasis kept his cool from 12 yards to give Mainz the lead. "That wasn't the case in this scene, we have to accept that with heavy hearts".

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De Blasis, who'd had to wait for Alexander Schwolow to re-take his place in goal, held his nerve to score inside the left corner as the Freiburg 'keeper dived the other way.

Mainz moved above free-falling Freiburg in the table and up to 15th, ending their own six-game winless run in the process.

But, as it turned out the home supporters were in fact protesting against Bundesliga fixtures being played on Monday nights.

Nils Petersen hit the woodwork for the visitors late on but it was already too late as Christian Streich's side stretched their run without a win to seven games.

There was a further 10-minute delay before the start of the second half as fans threw hundreds of toilet rolls onto the pitch in a protest against Monday evening matches.

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