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Sport A-League praises VAR after controversial decision in Sydney FC win

08:20  12 october  2019
08:20  12 october  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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The A - League in Australia became the first to use a VAR system in a top flight professional club The VAR identified an illegal handball in the penalty area and awarded Sydney FC a penalty. in June, where it was praised but its usefulness was questioned after a referee decision in the final FIFA; this comes after a controversial decision from referee Simon Hooper to disallow a goal scored by

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica was left fuming after a controversial call against his side turned the A - League final into a “total farce”. Referee Shaun Evans sent the decision to VAR , but the decision was upheld. Zullo was the man deemed to be offside when Alex Brosque unleashed his pass.

A-League owners and Football Federation Australia are happy with the use of the Hawk-Eye technology despite the opening game of the season being overshadowed by the Video Assistant Referee and the new offside causing lengthy delays to play.

The use of the VAR and its new offside technology came under heavy criticism from coaches, players and pundits after play was halted three times during Sydney FC's 3-2 win over Adelaide United on Friday night.

Adam le Fondre, Ryan McGowan are posing for a picture: Ryan McGowan scores the winner for Sydney FC.© Getty Ryan McGowan scores the winner for Sydney FC. Reds boss Gertjan Verbeek slammed the delays in play as "crazy" however it was the judgment to have ruled-out a Sydney FC goal as offside by a millimetre that created the greatest conjecture surrounding the Hawk-Eye technology. Kosta Barbarouses' second half goal was cancelled after the VAR's technology determined he had strayed offside by little more than a millimetre, almost invisible on freeze frame replays. Where once officials were encouraged to play advantage in a line-ball situation, the technology has made the offside rule binary.

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A-League chief Greg O'Rourke was otherwise happy with the decision and the use of VAR's Hawk-Eye program but conceded the technology needed to be faster.

"We were very happy with how the new offside line worked and in our opinion we got both decisions correct," O'Rourke said. "We also believe that it will become quicker as the VAR team become more used to the product. This was the first time they have used it in live action but for us, the most important thing is to get the decisions right and we got them right. Therefore we think it was money well spent."

It took one minute and 16 seconds for Barbarouses' goal to be overturned. Sydney FC defender Ryan McGowan says the on-field referee held back the kick-off to restart the game, telling players the new Hawk-Eye technology can be slow.

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"He said it takes ages for them to put this line up. So they can tell me because they had watched it a couple of times and they can’t decide," McGowan said. "The referee was speaking to us last night during play and he explained the reason why it was taking so long was because the new technology takes a lot longer."

a group of football players on a field: Small margins: Kosta Barbarouses' finish was ruled out after the VAR's HawkEye technology found him to be slightly offside.© Fox Sports Small margins: Kosta Barbarouses' finish was ruled out after the VAR's HawkEye technology found him to be slightly offside. Having played most of his career in the UK, China and the Middle East, Friday night's game was McGowan's A-League debut and the first club game he has played under the rule of the VAR. While accepting that the technology can provide more accurate officiating of games, he was concerned it comes at the cost of the rhythm of the game and the impulse of celebrating goals.

"If they could speed it up, that would definitely help," he said. "I do think it’s going to take a little bit of emotion out of the game because when you score, it’s the best feeling. The best experience going to a game is scoring goals and I’m just worried that will be sucked out of the game because of the VAR."

There was no pausing for the VAR when McGowan scored Sydney FC's late winner, however, as he thumped in a powerful header from a corner to seal the 3-2 win against his hometown club.

"Football has a funny way of working. It was my first A-League game and being back home, I have a lot of friends and family there last night which made it a little bit more special," he said. "It didn’t matter if I scored or not though, the win was the most important thing but to get that goal was a cherry on top of that win."

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