MX23RW : Thursday, January 24 01:09:56

VAR awards penalty during half time of Bundesliga match

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

The video assistant referee (VAR) system awarded a penalty kick to Mainz 05 during half time of their Bundesliga clash with Freiburg.

Both sets of players had already left the pitch for the interval when the technology flagged up a handball at the end of the first period, reports The Guardian football journalist Andy Brassell on social media.

The two teams were ordered to return to the field of play so Pablo de Blasis could take the penalty, which he buried to give the home side the lead.



De Blasis later doubled the home side's lead in the 79th minute and the game finshed 2-0.

The VAR incident is bound to spark discussion about the pros and cons of the technology, which has divided opinion during trials ahead of its use at this summer's World Cup finals.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Borussia DortmundDortmund18143145182745
2Bayern Munich18123339192039
3Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach18113437181936
4RB Leipzig1894531181331
5Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt1893637241330
6Wolfsburg188462824428
7Hertha Berlin187652928127
8Hoffenheim186753326725
9Werder Bremen187472929025
10Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen187382630-424
11Mainz 05186662024-424
12Schalke 04Schalke186392225-321
13Freiburg185672228-621
14Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf186392134-1321
15Augsburg183692631-515
16Stuttgart1842121438-2414
17Hannover1825111736-1911
18Nuremberg1825111541-2611

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