Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Players summoned from changing room for halftime penalty

Players summoned from changing room for halftime penalty

VAR came to the forefront of proceedings in the in Monday evening's clash between Mainz and Freiburg, as the referee awarded a penalty after the half time whistle.

But a VAR intervention saw Winkmann call the players back from the dressing rooms after a handball by Freiburg defender Marc-Oliver Kempf was spotted on video replays.

And so, after a lengthy delay, the players returned and Pablo de Blasis opened the scoring for the hosts. Things soon took a turn for the weird, however, when the official communicated with the VAR and came to the conclusion that perhaps it should have been a penalty.

When the game was eventually restarted Mainz doubled their lead in the 78th minute after a shocking error from the visiting keeper, who gifted the hoists the second and final goal of the game.

Both sets of fans also hurled toilet rolls onto the pitch as a protest to moving the game to a Monday night.

As the players departed the pitch, Winkmann was told to consult VAR and ran over to the other side of the pitch to watch the replay on a monitor.

Shortly before half-time there were muted appeals for a penalty decision, but they were turned down by referee Guido Winkmann. #VideoAssist comes into play after the players have left the pitch for half time!

De Blasis added a lucky second as his shot rolled over the line after hitting the inside of the post, with Schwolow out of his goal having passed the ball straight to Mainz midfielder Robin Quaison.

The ref maybe shouldn't have sent them off as quickly, it depends on how quickly VAR contacted him.

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