In this April 16, 2018 photo Mainz's Pablo de Blasis scores from the penalty spot past Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow during a Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz and SC Freiburg in Mainz, western Germany. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
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A call from the video assistant referee to award a penalty during the halftime break in a Bundesliga match has sparked more controversy in Germany. Mainz's 2-0 home win against Freiburg Monday night became controversial after the players were ordered to return from their dressing rooms for the penalty to be taken.However, the incident in Mainz is just the latest in a series of controversial scenarios which VAR has caused this season in Germany, where the system is being trialed.However, after a delay of several minutes, the game's video referee Bibiana Steinhaus, who was in the VAR center in Cologne, confirmed to Winkmann there had been a hand ball.Even Mainz coach Sandro Schwarz admitted the timing of the penalty decision was not good.
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