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VAR madness in Germany as penalty is awarded during half-time break

Mainz deliver brilliant tweet after VAR madness in Germany
Freiburgs Robin Koch speaks with referee Guido Winkmann (Reuters)

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.

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In this April 16, 2018 photo Mainz's Pablo de Blasis scores from the penalty spot past Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow during a Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz and SC Freiburg in Mainz, western Germany. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
Pablo de Blasis scored the resulting penalty (AP)
Soccer Football - Bundesliga - 1.FSV Mainz 05 vs SC Freiburg - Opel Arena, Mainz, Germany - April 16, 2018 Mainz's Pablo de Blasis celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER GAME. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050
De Blasis celebrates scoring (Reuters)

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.

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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.

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - 1.FSV Mainz 05 vs SC Freiburg - Opel Arena, Mainz, Germany - April 16, 2018 SC Freiburg's Janik Haberer speaks with referee Guido Winkmann after a penalty is awarded to Mainz REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER GAME. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050
Freiburg were understandably furious (Reuters)

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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.

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