Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Mainz and Freiburg players called back to pitch after VAR-awarded penalty

Mainz and Freiburg players called back to pitch after VAR-awarded penalty

VAR confusion reigned in the Bundesliga on Monday evening as Mainz and Freiburg players had to be recalled from the half-time break after a penalty was belatedly awarded.

Daniel Brosinski tried his luck before half-time and his shot took a deflection off Freiburg defender Marc Oliver Kempf's hand.

Both sets of players had already left the pitch for the interval when the technology flagged up a handball at the end of the first period, reports Guardian football journalist Andy Brassell on social media.

"We're not going out", said Streich as he led his confused players back into the changing room.

Freiburg coach Christian Streich, who was recently sent off for dissent in a league match, was on the sideline smiling and shaking his head in disbelief after being told to get his players back out on the pitch. Some were looking at TVs to determine exactly what was going on.


Before the game began, both sets of fans waved signs reading "against Monday games" and a cocophony of whistles and vuvuzelas provided a constant soundtrack throughout the 90 minutes.

"It leaves a bitter taste, but we have to accept it with a heavy heart", Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier told Eurosport at half-time. "Things are getting stranger".

Supporters also forced the game to be paused by throwing rolls of toilet paper on to the pitch as a protest against the Bundesliga's introduction of matches on Monday nights.

De Blasis eventually added a second goal for the hosts late in the game following a mistake by Freiburg keeper Alexander Schwolow.

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