There was a VAR decision like none other in Mainz's win over Freiburg.
VAR, or Video Assistant Referees, isn't exactly a widely accepted concept in football - or at least, it isn't at the moment as it continues to be worked on.
The system attempts to reach correct judgments in games, and looks at possible errors that could be deemed 'clear and obvious' in the areas of awarding goals, potential penalties, red card offenses and cases of mistaken identity.
Another comedy - version of VAR:— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) April 16, 2018
Bundesliga- Game Mainz vs Freiburg.
Controversial penalty-situation just before halftime. Not given. Halftime: Teams in the dressing- room. Then Ladies and Gentleman: The referee order the teams out again to take a penalty.
It was rolled out for the first time in English football last year for the FA Cup match between Brighton and Crystal Palace, and has since been used in the competition at grounds that can accommodate its technology.
While good in theory, the system has proven to be a huge disruption to the game, with the time it takes to reach decisions simply too long sometimes.
This was particularly evident during a Bundesliga match involving Mainz and Freiburg at the weekend, when referee Guido Winkmann awarded a penalty decision after he had already blown for halftime.
Via BBC Sport, both sets of players had already made their way into their respective dressing rooms, but after being told to consult, VAR the referee adjudged Daniel Brosinski's cross to have hit the hand of Freiburg center back Marc-Oliver Kempf in the penalty area.
INSÓLITO. El árbitro terminó el PT de Mainz vs Friburgo y cuando los jugadores se iban al vestuario, le avisaron por VAR que en una jugada había penal. Los equipos volvieron y el argentino De Blasis convirtió el gol para los locales. #Bundesliga 🇩🇪🖥pic.twitter.com/lzMU0rkpsE— Manu Martín (@Soymanumartin) April 17, 2018
After a delay of over six minutes, the players were then forced back out on to the pitch to play out the penalty, which was scored by Mainz midfielder Pablo de Blasis, before traipsing back in again. The official goal time was clocked at 45+7, and Mainz went on to win the game 2-0.