VAR madness in Germany as penalty is awarded during half-time break
There were bizarre scenes in Germany last night as issues surrounding the use of VAR continue.
During the Bundesliga meeting between Mainz and Freiburg, a penalty was awarded AFTER the players had left the pitch for half-time.
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.
Once everyone was assembled, Mainz midfielder Pablo de Blasis scored from the spot.
The Twitter account of Mainz summed up the madness perfectly with their honest appraisal that they didnt really know what was going on.
Mainz went on to win the crucial relegation clash 2-0.
Afterwards, Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier said: It leaves a bitter taste.
He added: We were under the impression that when the referee blows for half-time thats it.
VAR remains a contentious issue despite its growing use in the game. Its been used throughout the Bundesliga this season and has been tested in the FA Cup this term. With concerns remaining, the Premier League have opted not to adopt the technology for next season, however it will be used at this summers World Cup in Russia.