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Mainz v Freiburg: Hosts awarded penalty on VAR after half-time whistle blown

Mainz v Freiburg: Hosts awarded penalty on VAR after half-time whistle blown

The curse of VAR struck again as chaos descended during Mainz's game against Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

There were freakish 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 Freiburg team eventually emerged back onto the pitch, where Winkmann explained to a bemused Streich that it was a penalty for the home side.

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

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.

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




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

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.

It was not related to the penalty decision but instead a protest against Bundesliga fixtures being played on Monday nights.

The game itself may have been otherwise unremarkable, but that didn't stop the fans from creating a spectacle of their own as they continued to display their displeasure with Monday night games.

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

The start of the second half was also delayed by more than 10 minutes as fans twice threw toilet paper into one of the goalmouths.