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


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

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

A weird video assistant referee (VAR) decision caused mayhem in a Bundesliga game on Monday night when two teams were ordered back on to the pitch at half time because the referee chose to award a penalty after watching a replay on TV.

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.

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

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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. Protests have taken place during most Monday games.

Winkmann overturned the decision and awarded the hosts a penalty before having to recall the entire Freiburg side and the handful of Mainz players who had left the pitch.

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

Supporters also forced the game to be paused by throwing rolls of toilet paper on to the pitch as a protest against the Bundesliga's introduction of matches on Monday nights. I can't understand why referees are involved in the decision-making process at all, if it is to be used for clear and obvious errors, surely the VAR has to tell the referee what the decision is.

I still think the penalty is debatable.