Mainz vs. Freiburg affected by VAR farce, toilet-roll torrent

Published on: 16 April 2018

Where to start with this one... On Monday night, relegation-threatened Mainz and Freiburg met in a vital Bundesliga clash. 

The game kicked off and, for 45 minutes, not a great deal happened. And then, after the teams had gone for their half-time cup of tea:

Total confusion in the OPEL ARENA. #VideoAssist comes into play after the players have left the pitch for half time!

(45') #M05SCF 0-0

— Mainz 05 English (@Mainz05en) April 16, 2018

And so, after a lengthy delay, the players returned and Pablo de Blasis opened the scoring for the hosts.

Half-time duly resumed but, when it came time to restart:

And now the second half of Mainz vs Freiburg has been delayed because fans kept throwing toilet rolls into the goalmouth area to protest at games taking place on a Monday night. First VAR after HT, now this... #BUNDESLIGAxESPN

— Mark Donaldson