Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Mainz top Freiburg after VAR drama

Mainz top Freiburg after VAR drama

Players of Mainz 05 and Freiburg were astonished when referee Guido Winkmann was notified by video referee Bibiana Steinhaus, who was watching in Cologne, that he should check a replay of a handball incident just before his half-time whistle.

Referee Guido Winkmann, who had also been on his way to the tunnel, ordered the players to come back so that Mainz's Pablo De Blasis could take the spot-kick, which he duly converted.

A penalty was awarded after players had already left the pitch for half-time in Mainz's Bundesliga win over relegation rivals Freiburg on Monday.

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Mainz initially had the penalty appeal turned down after right-back Daniel Brosinski's cross deflected off Freiburg centre-back Marc-Oliver Kempf's hand and was saved by keeper Alexander Schwolow.

Freiburg's players had to be summoned from the dressing room and back onto the pitch to allow the home side to take their penalty.

Firstly, it appeared both teams were going into the break goalless.

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So, about Mainz vs. Freiburg.

Many German fans have opposed the introduction of Monday games, saying matches should be played on the weekend when most supporters can attend.

Then the second half was delayed because fans hurled an avalanche of toilet rolls onto the pitch, in protest of the Monday night kick-off.

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