Football video referee calls players back to pitch after halftime

Annette Crawford
April 17, 2018

Mainz 05 and Freiburg's players are forced to cut their half-time interval short after VAR awards a penalty during the break.

A weird video assistant referee (VAR) decision caused mayhem in a Bundesliga game on Monday night when two teams were ordered back on to the pitch at half time because the referee chose to award a penalty after watching a replay on TV.

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 Mainz forward then picked out his teammate De Blasis who slotted home - luckily off the post.

The second half was delayed by fans throwing toilet paper onto the pitch.

But, as it turned out the home supporters were in fact protesting against Bundesliga fixtures being played on Monday nights.

As the players departed the pitch, Winkmann was told to consult VAR and ran over to the other side of the pitch to watch the replay on a monitor.

Referee Guido Winkmann, who was also on his way to the tunnel, ordered the players to return so that Mainz's Pablo De Blasis could take a penalty for a handball that the VAR noticed after the halftime whistle had blown.

The referee Guido Winkmann had to explain why he'd reversed the penalty decision
The referee Guido Winkmann had to explain why he'd reversed the penalty decision

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

De Blasis added a second with ten minutes remaining, but there is likely to be significant fallout from this match (and that decision in particular) in the coming days.

Potentially one of the most vital goals in the fight at the bottom, but a new low for VAR.

The problem is not the technology, it is the process.

This is the latest VAR-related controversy in a long line of decisions involving the technology.

In this case you've got a couple thousand fans off to the bar and they come back thinking it is 0-0.


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