Mainz 2-0 Freiburg: Penalty Awarded After Players Had Already Left The Pitch For Half-Time i
Mainz and Freiburg players were hauled back to the pitch after the referee had blown for half-time when a penalty was belatedly awarded via VAR.
Referee Guido Winkmann called both sides back from the dressing room after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR) system and penalizing Freiburg for handball.
Play had been allowed to continue after Mainz’s Daniel Brosinski struck a shot that hit Freiburg defender Marc Oliver Kempf on the hand, but Winkmann watched the incident again pitchside after being notified by video referee Bibiana Steinhaus.
Freiburg coach Christian Streich, who was recently sent off for dissent in another Bundesliga game, was pictured on the sidelines smiling and shaking his head in disbelief, after being told to bring his players back out.
Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier told Eurosport at half-time: “We thought that, when the whistle goes for half-time, the first 45 minutes are ticked off.
“That wasn’t the case in this scene. We have to accept that with heavy hearts. Things are getting stranger.”
De Blasis scored a second on 78 minutes to secure victory, taking Mainz above Freiburg on goal difference and eight points clear of automatic relegation, while putting the visitors into the relegation play-off spot in 16th.
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.