History made as VAR penalty awarded during half-time in bizarre Bundesliga clash

History made as VAR penalty awarded during half-time in bizarre Bundesliga clash

Freiburg's players had already disappeared down the tunnel for half-time when referee Guido Winkmann referred a potential penalty to the video assistant referee (VAR).

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.

One goal defined this relegation six-pointer between Mainz and Freiburg on Monday night, and it was an odd one to say the least. However, that was not the end of the first half action.

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 terrible goalkeeping error to slot home.

The Mainz forward then picked out his teammate De Blasis who slotted home - luckily off the post.

"It leaves a bitter taste", said Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier afterwards, adding his side had to "accept it with a heavy heart".

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"But for us who try to attend every game in the stadium it's quite hard to travel on Monday to a match".

Mainz on Monday returned to winning ways and climbed off the relegation play-off spot after grabbing three vital points following a victory over struggling Freiburg, who suffered their fourth straight loss, reports Xinhua news agency.

"We were under the impression that when the referee blows for half-time that's it".

This is the latest VAR-related controversy in a long line of decisions involving the technology.

The Premier League agreed last week to delay the introduction of the...

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