VAR Gives Mainz Bizarre Penalty After Half-Time Whistle

Mainz VAR penalty madness

The video assistant referee (VAR) system came under fresh scrutiny last night when a team had to be summoned back from the dressing room at half-time to face a penalty. He then awarded the hosts a penalty after having to recall the entire Freiburg side and a handful of Mainz players who had left the pitch.

Balogun, who was making his 14th league start of the season, was at the heart of his side's defence all through the match, as a brace from Pablo Dey Blasis in both halves of the match ensured the home team leapfrogged Freiburg to 15th position with just goal difference separating both sides.

"I was not aware at the time that there was a handball, but when I later saw the images myself, it definitely was", said the ref.

"We're not going out", Freiburg coach Christian Streich responded as he led his confused players back into the changing room.

Indeed, the goal proved to be a major turning point and Mainz put the seal on a crucial victory in the 79th minute when De Blasis capitalised on a awful goalkeeping error to slot home.

The second half of the match was also delayed because of a totally separate issue - fans protesting against Bundesliga fixtures being played on Monday nights.

Mainz tried to assume control of the proceedings on the pitch whereas Freiburg defended well in their own territory.

Before the game began, both sets of fans waved signs reading "against Monday games" and a cocophony of whistles and vuvuzelas provided a constant soundtrack throughout the 90 minutes.

VAR was introduced to eradicate refereeing mistakes and make the game smoother, so far it's only brought chaos though.

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Mainz began the day three points behind their relegation rivals and a win would see them move into 16th place and shove their rivals into a relegation playoff place.

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