The Video Assistant Referee was called upon just once in Melbourne City’s win over Newcastle Jets but had both coaches making their opinions known post-game.

City had consigned the Jets to their first loss at home and just their second of the season but much of the talk after the match revolved around the use of the VAR or lack thereof.

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Newcastle coach Ernie Merrick was quick to criticize the absence of VAR when Nigel Boogard clashed with Ross McCormack inside the box.

“The penalty at the end of the first half was a bit of a disappointment that they didn’t review it,” he said.

“Nigel maintains he never pushed him in any way. His chest did collide with the back but they were both running for the ball.”

Looking at replays Boogaard’s momentum undoubtedly knocked the striker over and even if it were to be reviewed would have been tough to overrule.

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The question to not even look at it however had the Jets’ coach disgruntled.

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“I get disappointed when we bring in such a good piece of technology and it’s not used in a situation like that and I don’t know why,” he said.

Merrick was then further bemused when the VAR was called upon later in the game for a possible penalty on Bruce Kamau but didn’t overturn the original decision.

“It was either a penalty or a dive wasn’t it?” said the Jets custodian.

“They did review that second one which looked more like a pen to me but it was cleared.”

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City coach Warren Joyce was also confused as to why City were not awarded a penalty following review of the Kamau incident and went on to criticize how the VAR is deployed during the game.

“I thought it was a stonewall penalty even at the time,” he said.

“I don’t think the fans should see it on the big screen, that makes it difficult for referees especially when both dugouts see it as well so it really shouldn’t be shown.”

When asked point blank if he was a fan of the review system Joyce was adamant in his opposition to it.

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“Not really. Referees are human beings, they will make mistakes and you just have to get on with it,” Joyce said.

“You get some things that go for you and some go against you and that’s just football.”

Many thought that removing referee error from the game would take away many post-match talking points.

It would seem though that the VAR has in fact created even more of its own moments of fury as it continues the journey to becoming a seamless and consistently effective part of the game.

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