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

The sprinklers were on at half-time as the players were ordered back onto the pitch

The sprinklers were on at half-time as the players were ordered back onto the pitch

The two teams were ordered to return to the field of play so Pablo de Blasis could take the penalty, which he buried to give the home side the lead.

The players of Mainz 05 and Freiburg were ordered back onto the pitch having gone to the changing room at halftime because the video assistant referee (VAR) awarded a penalty for a handball in an eventful Bundesliga game on Monday.

Daniel Brosinski tried his luck before half-time and his shot took a deflection off Freiburg defender Marc Oliver Kempf's hand.

Shortly before half-time there were muted appeals for a penalty decision, but they were turned down by referee Guido Winkmann. The Mainz forward then picked out his teammate De Blasis who slotted home - luckily off the post.

VAR Penalty Chaos In Mainz's Clash With Freiburg As Referee Calls Players Back On The Pitch During Half-Time

In the second half, an error from Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow gifted Mainz a second goal when he passed the ball directly to Robin Quaison in the penalty area.

After finally getting their half-time 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.

The win saw Mainz move out of the bottom three for the first time since January, drawing level on points with Freiburg, who drop down into the relegation play-off place.


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