VAR awards penalty during half time of Bundesliga match

  • VAR awards penalty during half time of Bundesliga match

VAR awards penalty during half time of Bundesliga match

Winkmann watched the incident again on the pitch-side screen and evidently decided Kempf deliberately put his hand to the ball.

The Freiburg players were understandably outraged, in stark contrast to Mainz midfielder Pablo de Blasis who couldn't believe his luck as he gleefully stepped up and fired the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead in the most bewildering of ways.

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

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

Referee Guido Winkmann called both sides back from the dressing room after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR) system and penalising Freiburg for handball.

He ordered the players back onto the pitch much to the bemusement of Freiburg coach Christian Streich, who was seen shaking his head in disbelief. Some were looking at TVs to determine exactly what was going on. "That wasn't the case in this scene, we have to accept that with heavy hearts".

There was a further 10-minute delay before the start of the second half as fans threw hundreds of toilet rolls onto the pitch in a protest against Monday evening matches.

One goal defined this relegation six-pointer between Mainz and Freiburg on Monday night, and it was an odd one to say the least.

De Blasis followed the penalty, officially recorded in the seventh minute of first-half stoppage time, with a second goal in the 78th minute to seal the win. Wolfsburg is also under threat with four rounds remaining, while survival looks increasingly unlikely for Hamburger SV and Cologne, eight and nine points adrift of safety, respectively.