VAR goes comically wrong in Mainz win

Mainz VAR penalty

Mainz VAR penalty

But Freiburg's players were already off the pitch and entering their changing room when they had to be called back.

Mainz 05 and Freiburg's players are forced to cut their half-time interval short after VAR awards a penalty during the break.

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.

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

The second half was delayed by fans throwing toilet paper onto the pitch.

After a lengthy delay, Pablo De Blasis stepped up to take the spot-kick for Mainz, beating Alexander Schwolow in the seventh minute of stoppage time to open the scoring for his side.

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

Referee Guido Winkmann, who'd allowed play to continue, then blew for half-time and was on his way off the pitch when notified by video referee Bibiana Steinhaus, who was watching in Cologne, that he should check a replay.

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.

English football has had its fair share of problems and controversies with the infamous VAR system this season, but nothing comes close to the extraordinary scenes that occurred over in Germany in the Bundesliga clash between Mainz and Freiburg on Monday night.

I still think the penalty is debatable.

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