SYDNEY: Australia coach Bert van Marwijk suggested a refinement of the controversial VAR technology Monday to allow teams to consult the video referee after a software glitch marred the A-League final.
Melbourne Victory beat the Newcastle Jets 1-0 to clinch the domestic title with a contentious goal after a breakdown in the video technology, which will be used at the upcoming World Cup in Russia.
The goal was allowed to stand after a technical issue meant that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) did not have access to camera views which would have shown a clear offside.
Technology partner Hawk-Eye said the capture software that uploads the broadcast feed into the VAR system was partially lost 30 seconds before Victory’s goal.
Van Marwijk was in the crowd on Sunday but would not be drawn on how he would react if the Socceroos suffered a similar fate at the World Cup.
He suggested the system could be refined where teams, like in tennis or with cricket’s decision review system, would have a set number of VAR appeals for certain decisions.
“In tennis, players themselves decide when you ask the video referee. Maybe you can think about giving both teams one or two, maybe three possibilities to ask the video ref,” the Dutchman said, at a press conference to unveil his preliminary World Cup squad.
“Maybe that’s better and more honest. Because now everybody is depending on what the referee thinks and sees.”—AFP