The Video Assistant Referee is under the spotlight for the umpteenth time after a fiery grudge match between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory saw numerous incidents go unpunished.

Two specific instances in the first half of the entertaining 2-2 Adelaide Oval clash were particularly damning.

A double foul from Rhys Williams was the first occurrence, which saw Ben Garuccio trampled, before the former Middlesborough player pinned Isaias’s arm as he tackled the Spaniard to the ground.

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A foul was called and VAR consulted for any further punishment but no caution was forthcoming.

The second event was even more contentious.

On the brink of half-time, Besart Berisha tossed aside Jordan Elsey creating a mini-scuffle.

Berisha earned a fair yellow for the incident, but the aftermath where the Albanian shoved the fourth official was what should have drawn consequential attention.

VAR was again called upon but again failed to actively solve the issue, brandishing no additional cards for the incident.

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Marco Kurz had seen his squad toil away for three months and was disappointed that eventhough today’s technology has the potential to become so influential, it still struggles to weed out some of the simplest howlers on behalf of the referee.

“I think you need a good referee in a derby. The referee must be the boss on the pitch but in this game the players were the bosses and that’s a problem,” Kurz said post-match

“You need a strong, hard referee in derbies and that’s very important. You need a clear line so the players know what they can and can’t do.”

Even Kevin Muscat was not happy with the state of football and hoped his players would not get caught up in the furore of inconsistent officiating.

“The rules must have changed because you’re allowed to surround the referee again,” said Muscat.

“It would have easier to book the [players] that didn’t surround the referee because there were less of them.”

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The Video Assistant Referee failed to adjudicate in the aforementioned scenarios at crucial moments in last night’s match, adding to the number of matches that the technology has had an adverse effect on.

It is vital that the Football Federation Australia suspends Berisha for his contact with Shaun Evans, to make a stand for protection of officials – when technology like VAR does not – in contested matches such as these.

Like it or not, the VAR is here to stay and a harmonious outcome will need to be discovered between the officials and clubs.

This is much easier stated than delivered though, as the system faces a long journey in earning the trust of a growing number of skeptical A-League fans.

Time will tell.

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