VAR ‘madness’ in Germany as penalty is awarded at half-time – how Twitter reacted

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Freiburg players dispute the VAR half-time penalty awarded to Mainz by referee Guido Winkmann


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Mainz and Freiburg players were called back from the dressing rooms during the Bundesliga clash


Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 10:12am

‘Chaos’, ‘madness’ and ‘bizarre’ – that’s just three of the words used to describe the scenes when a penalty was awarded at half-time during last night’s Bundesliga clash between Mainz and Freiburg.

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The players had already gone off for the interval when the German official Guido Winkmann consulted the video assistant referee (VAR) about a Freiburg handball in the last moments of the first-half.

Sky Sports reports that Winkmann “stopped his own descent down the tunnel after a message in his ear”. After looking at replays of a cross from Mainz’s Daniel Brosinski striking Freiburg defender Marc Oliver Kempf on the hand, Winkmann awarded the spot-kick and the players were “hauled back to the pitch”.

Mainz midfielder Pablo de Blasis scored from the spot to give his side the lead, he then added another after 78 minutes to secure the 2-0 victory.

“I’m sure that is historic. I’ve never seen anything like it!”

Unprecedented scenes in Germany as VAR awarded a penalty after the half-time whistle had been blown %uD83D%uDE2E

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 16, 2018

“Extraordinary scenes – I’ve never seen anything like it,” was how the BT Sport commentator described the “historic” moment. While European football writer Andy Brassell told BBC Radio 5 live that the penalty was a …read more

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