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Mainz out of relegation zone after bizarre VAR ruling against Freiburg

Mainz out of relegation zone after bizarre VAR ruling against Freiburg
From ESPN - April 16, 2018

BERLIN -- Pablo de Blasis scored one of the most remarkable goals in Bundesliga history -- during the half-time break -- as Mainz beat relegation rival Freiburg 2-0 amid fresh protests against Monday night games.

Daniel Brosinski tried his luck before half-time and his shot took a deflection off Freiburg defender Marc Oliver Kempf's hand.

Referee Guido Winkmann, who'd allowed play to continue, then blew for half-time and was on his way off the pitch when notified by video referee Bibiana Steinhaus, who was watching in Cologne, that he should check a replay.

Winkmann watched the incident again on the pitch-side screen and evidently decided Kempf deliberately put his hand to the ball.

But Freiburg's players were already off the pitch and entering their changing room when they had to be called back.

"We are not going out," Freiburg coach Christian Streich responded as he led his confused players back into the changing room. Some were looking at TVs to determine exactly what was going on.

The Freiburg team eventually emerged back onto the pitch, where Winkmann explained to a bemused Streich that it was a penalty for the home side.

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