Mainz vs. Freiburg affected by VAR farce, toilet-roll torrent

Mainz vs. Freiburg affected by VAR farce, toilet-roll torrent

Players from both sides had already been on their way back to their respective dressing rooms when the decision was made.

With the scores level at 0-0 in stoppage time, Mainz appealed for a penalty when the ball appeared to strike a Freburg player on the hand to prevent a cross from reaching its intended target.

The video assistant referee (VAR) system awarded a penalty kick to Mainz 05 during half time of their Bundesliga clash with Freiburg.

Referee Guido Winkmann gestures as goal scorer Pablo de Blasis of Mainz looks on during the Bundesliga match between 1.

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 awful goalkeeping error to slot home.

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Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier told Eurosport at half-time: We thought that, when the whistle goes for half-time, the first 45 minutes are ticked off.

So, about Mainz vs. Freiburg.

Winkmann overturned the decision and awarded the hosts a penalty before having to recall the entire Freiburg side and the handful of Mainz players who had left the pitch. The Mainz forward then picked out his teammate De Blasis who slotted home - luckily off the post. Die Breisgauer have dropped into the relegation play-off spot - 16th - due to their inferior goal difference.

Both sets of fans also hurled toilet rolls onto the pitch as a protest to moving the game to a Monday night.

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