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Players summoned from changing room for halftime penalty

Players summoned from changing room for halftime penalty

Freiburg's players had already disappeared down the tunnel for half-time when referee Guido Winkmann referred a potential penalty to the video assistant referee.

Referee Guido Winkmann, who had also been on his way to the tunnel, ordered the players to come back so that Mainz's Pablo De Blasis could take the spot-kick, which he duly converted.

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.

Winkmann watched the incident again on the pitchside screen and evidently decided Freiburg's Marc Oliver Kempf had deliberately put his hand to the ball.




Mainz remained the stronger team in the second half, and De Blasis wrapped up victory 11 minutes from time after an embarrassing error from Alexander Schwolow. One Freiburg player could even be heard saying: "No, we're not coming back out". The Mainz forward then picked out his teammate De Blasis who slotted home - luckily off the post.

It was not related to the penalty decision but instead a protest against Bundesliga fixtures being played on Monday nights.

The game itself may have been otherwise unremarkable, but that didn't stop the fans from creating a spectacle of their own as they continued to display their displeasure with Monday night games.


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