VAR awards penalty during half time of Bundesliga match

Mainz VAR penalty

Defeat meant Freiburg dropped behind Mainz into the relegation zone due to an inferior goal-difference, with four games of the season remaining.

De Blasis later doubled the home side's lead in the 79th minute and the game finshed 2-0.

The penalty was given for a handball by Marc-Oliver Kempf that the VAR noticed after the halftime whistle had blown.

Referee Guido Winkmann ignored the appeals, blew for half time and made his way towards the tunnel along with both sets of players.

It came just before the break when Pablo De Blasis converted from the penalty spot to give the hosts a halftime lead - but that was only half the story.

The players had gone to the changing room for the interval with the score at 0-0 - only for the video assistant referee (VAR) to award Mainz a penalty for handball.

"It leaves a bitter taste", Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier said.

Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow gifted possession to Robin Quaison and De Blasis breathed a sigh of relief as his shot at an open goal went in agonisingly off the post.

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

Then the second half was delayed because fans hurled an avalanche of toilet rolls onto the pitch, in protest of the Monday night kick-off.

The VAR system, which has been used in the Bundesliga all season, has caused numerous controversies during testing in the FA Cup in England this season.The Premier League recently voted against introducing it for the 2018/19 season.

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