Bench player concedes penalty via VAR

English Premier League

In one of the most bizarre incidents this weekend, a footballer warming up conceded a penalty - showing there's no escaping VAR.

It was all happening in the German second-tier this weekend as first - a substitute warming up behind the goal somehow gave away a penalty.

While, down in Karlsruhe, former Manchester United goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler was sent off for accidentally punching a striker in his abdomen.

Starting with the VAR drama, with Holstein leading 1-0 over Bochum, striker Mboussy Ganvoula dragged a poor effort wide of the post for a goal-kick in the 37th minute.

But what happened next?

The International FA Board (IFAB) rules state if a substitute interferes with play, officials can take action and restart the game with a direct free-kick or penalty kick.

M'Boussy took advantage of the bizarre moment of fortune by converting the spot-kick to bring Bochum level.

And to add insult to injury for Eberwein - it was his only touch in a Holstein Kiel shirt since joining from Fortuna Cologne in the off-season.

The comedy continued...

Just when you thought you've seen it all, the clash between Karlsruher and Hannover 96 at the Wildparkstadion created an instant viral video.

After conceding a goal, Germany international goalkeeper Zieler attempted to punch a ball away in frustration, only for his fist to catch opponent Daniel Gordon as he looked towards celebrating.

As a result, Zieler received his second yellow card of the afternoon and was sent for an early shower, which he bemoaned after the game as he sought to explain the incident.

"You go 3-2 up in the final minutes and are celebrating what looks like a victory, then you concede such a cheap equalizer — the emotions are brutal," Zieler said, as per DW.

"I saw the ball bounce back out of the net and all I wanted to do was punch it away over the bar as hard as I could.

"And then the player came out of nowhere and ran across my path. My arm was already fully in motion. If I had seen him quicker, of course I wouldn't have done it."

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