VAR madness in Germany as penalty is awarded during half-time break

Mainz VAR penalty

Cape Town - A bizarrely awarded penalty and a goalkeeping howler helped Mainz to a vital 2-0 victory over Bundesliga relegation rivals Freiburg on Monday.

The win took Mainz out of the bottom three with their opponents dropping down to the relegation play-off place.

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

In the 45th minute, Freiburg's Marc-Oliver Kempf handled a shot from Daniel Brosinski in the six-yard box.

Mainz forward Pablo De Blasis duly converted, and the home side went back into the tunnel one goal to the good.

Afterwards, Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier said: 'It leaves a bitter taste'.

A Bundesliga match descended into chaos as the referee awarded a penalty during half-time after checking the VAR.

In the dying seconds of the first half, Mainz had an appeal for handball turned down by referee Guido Winkmann, with the scores still at 0-0.

The freakish spectacle only added to farcical scenes in a crucial game for both teams.

The game itself may have been otherwise unremarkable, but that didn't stop the fans from creating a spectacle of their own as they continued to display their displeasure with Monday night games.

The beginning of the second half was then delayed when supporters began throwing toilet rolls onto the pitch.

VAR is set to be used at the World Cup, though Premier League clubs decided against using it in the 2018-19 season after deeming that more testing was required.

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