Bizarre penalty helps Mainz in Bundesliga relegation battle

Mainz VAR penalty

Mainz VAR penalty

Mainz and Freiburg players arguing over the penalty as the referee makes the decision.

The 2-0 win sees Mainz leapfrog Freiburg in the Bundesliga table on goal difference, climbing out of the relegation zone at the expense of their defeated opponents.

Following a delay of around five minutes, Winkmann recalled the visiting players to give the spot-kick after ruling that Daniel Brosinski's cross had been handled by Marc-Oliver Kempf.

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Referee Guido Winkman was forced to call the players back out onto the pitch after consulting the video assistant referee and determining a Freiburg player was guilty of handball in the box.

"It leaves a bitter taste", Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier said while speaking to Eurosport at half-time.

The game was then delayed for several minutes at the start of the second half as Mainz fans launched a protest against the German Football Federation - not for the ridiculous VAR decision that had gone before, but for having to play matches on Monday night.

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

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.

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

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It's the latest in a long line of VAR decisions which have led for calls for the technology to be scrapped, with Premier League clubs delaying it's use next season.

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