VAR Gives Mainz Bizarre Penalty After Half-Time Whistle

VAR Gives Mainz Bizarre Penalty After Half-Time Whistle

Referee Guido Winkman was forced to call the players back out onto the pitch after consulting the video assistant referee and determining a Freiburg player was guilty of handball in the box.

Play had been allowed to continue after Mainz's Daniel Brosinski struck a shot that hit Freiburg defender Marc Oliver Kempf on the hand, but Winkmann watched the incident again pitchside after being notified by video referee Bibiana Steinhaus.

The players then returned to their dressing rooms, however the fans weren't quite done as Mainz supporters suddenly started hurling toilet paper onto the pitch, meaning the second-half was delayed even further as the stewards were left with an almighty clean up.

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De Blasis eventually added a second goal for the hosts late in the game following a mistake by Freiburg keeper Alexander Schwolow.

"It leaves a bitter taste, but we have to accept it with a heavy heart", Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier told Eurosport at half-time.

Kleindienst, on as a half-time substitute, almost equalised with a header at the right end moments later but the visitors were made to pay in the 78th minute.

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A Premier League statement said: "The decision came after comprehensive discussions regarding the progress made in VAR trials in English football, and key learnings from the many competitions using it elsewhere".

After consultation, both teams had to return to the pitch as Mainz's Pablo De Blasis stepped up to make no mistake opening the scoring from the penalty spot.

Pablo De Blasis kept his cool from 12 yards to give Mainz the lead.

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And we all thought Joe Hart had a hard Monday night. It's been used throughout the Bundesliga this season and has been tested in the FA Cup this term.

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