Football video referee calls players back to pitch after halftime

Carrie Guzman
April 17, 2018

He ordered both sets of players back onto the pitch so that the penalty could be taken.

Guido Winkmann, the referee in the Bundesliga relegation battle between Mainz and Freiburg at the Opel Arena, had blown for the interval when he was alerted by the VAR to a handball in the Freiburg area.

Following a delay of over six minutes De Blasis scored the penalty in the bottom left corner and Winkmann blew again for half-time, during which the unfortunate Kempf was substituted.

Mainz climbed to 15th on goal difference above Freiburg who fell to 16th, the relegation playoff spot.

But a VAR intervention saw Winkmann call the players back from the dressing rooms after a handball by Freiburg defender Marc-Oliver Kempf was spotted on video replays.

"We're not going out", said Streich as he led his confused players back into the changing room.

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De Blasis eventually added a second goal for the hosts late in the game following a mistake by Freiburg keeper Alexander Schwolow.

Pablo De Blasis kept his cool from 12 yards to give Mainz the lead.

"We thought that when the whistle goes for half-time, that the first 45 minutes are ticked off", Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier told Eurosport. Protests have taken place during most Monday games.

The man in the middle then received a call from his video assistant, instructing him to check the incident.

Supporters also forced the game to be paused by throwing rolls of toilet paper on to the pitch as a protest against the Bundesliga's introduction of matches on Monday nights.

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