VAR calls players back from dressing room for penalty

Mainz VAR penalty madness

But a VAR intervention saw Winkmann call the players back from the dressing rooms after a handball by Freiburg defender Marc-Oliver Kempf was spotted on video replays.

In a crucial relegation encounter in the Bundesliga, Winkmann blew the half-time whistle with the game goalless.

"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.

Mainz fans protest the Monday night contest by throwing toilet paper onto the field. After reviewing the incident he then decided that Freiburg had handled the ball in the area at the end of the first-half, meaning Mainz now had a penalty seven minutes into the interval! The protest was not in relation to the VAR decision.

Pablo de Blasis had already beaten the German goalkeeper with a penalty in the seventh minute of first-half injury-time, following a lengthy VAR debate, before the Argentine was gifted his second goal in the 78th minute.

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And so, after a lengthy delay, the players returned and Pablo de Blasis opened the scoring for the hosts.

And we all thought Joe Hart had a hard Monday night.

Mainz on Monday returned to winning ways and climbed off the relegation play-off spot after grabbing three vital points following a victory over struggling Freiburg, who suffered their fourth straight loss, reports Xinhua news agency.

With concerns remaining, the Premier League have opted not to adopt the technology for next season, however it will be used at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

The VAR system has been used in the Bundesliga this season but not without controversy as it has been at the centre of several disputed decisions.

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