Monday, 23 April, 2018

More shambolic VAR scenes as players called back on for penalty

Mainz VAR penalty madness REUTERSMainz fans protest against Monday night football
Betsy Taylor | 17 April, 2018, 20:19

There were weird scenes in the Bundesliga on Monday as Mainz and Freiburg players returned to the pitch so a penalty could be taken before half-time.

Mainz and Freiburg players arguing over the penalty as the referee makes the decision.

He ordered the players back onto the pitch much to the bemusement of Freiburg coach Christian Streich, who was seen shaking his head in disbelief.

Mainz's controversial victory over fellow strugglers Freiburg was the latest game to feature protests from fans over the scheduling of Monday night games in the Bundesliga.

The second half was delayed by fans throwing toilet paper onto the pitch, which was not related to the penalty decision but instead a protest against Bundesliga fixtures being played on Monday nights.

Kleindienst, on as a half-time substitute, almost equalised with a header at the right end moments later but the visitors were made to pay in the 78th minute.


La Liga, however, has opted to bring in VAR for 2018-19, while lawmakers have given the green light for video replays to be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The win saw Mainz move out of the bottom three for the first time since January, drawing level on points with Freiburg, who drop down into the relegation play-off place.

And we all thought Joe Hart had a hard Monday night.

"It leaves a bitter taste, but we have to accept it with a heavy heart", Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency at half-time.

"We were under the impression that when the referee blows for half-time that's it".

It'll be used in the World Cup but Premier League clubs recently voted against using the technology next season.

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