Mainz’s Bundesliga match against Freiburg could be set for a place in the record books after the home side scored just under seven minutes into half-time - and after the players had been allowed to leave the pitch.
In the dying seconds of the first half, Mainz had an appeal for handball turned down by referee Guido Winkmann, with the scores still at 0-0. Winkmann then blew for the break, allowing the players to go in for half-time – only for the VAR official to give the handball and award a penalty .
Freiburg’s players had to be summoned from the dressing room and back onto the pitch to allow the home side to take their penalty. Six minutes and 44 seconds after the first 45 minutes were up, Pablo de Blasis stroked home to put his side a goal up and to allow both teams to head off the pitch for half-time again.
The chaotic scenes did little to appease fans who had protested against Monday night football by bombarding the pitch with toilet rolls. The VAR system has been used in the Bundesliga this season but not without controversy as it has been at the centre of several disputed decisions.