Every season there are officiating controversies that dominate the discussion of our game and this campaign VAR has been the gift that keeps on giving.

However beyond VAR’s marvel we wanted to know just how the A-League disciplinary records have played out this season.

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So the numbers were crunched and now The Football Sack can reveal below how your club has fared with the referees this season.

The 17/18 season has not been a memorable one for A-League officials with the permanent introduction of VAR creating more wrong than good in the majority of cases.

In late December of last year a startling graph created by Rob Scriva began to do the rounds on social media outlining the number of fouls per yellow card for every A-League club.

Naturally the above data generated a lot of buzz concentrating on the potential preferential treatment of Sydney FC by officials.

Now any such truth to this A-League conspiracy is obviously not the case, but with the season now winding down the same statistic definitely deserved a follow-up.

(Note: statistics current as of 9/3/18)

The enormous disparity shown earlier in the year is no longer prevalent as Melbourne City now lead the pack with 9.21 fouls per yellow card.

When it comes to fouls committed however City sit a fair way down the list at third worst in the league.

Only Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers have committed more fouls than Warren Joyce’s side this season.

In terms of players committing fouls it was again another win for Victory in the thuggery books courtesy of their fleet-footed Socceroo James Troisi.

With five rounds remaining Troisi has amassed a whopping sixteen more fouls than the next-in-line on the list.

Troisi himself had a lot to say on the officiating performance of Jarred Gillett following round 18’s big blue between Sydney and Victory.

“I don’t think the referee had a great game as well,” he said.

“Obviously it is difficult, especially when I get fouled a lot. I’m not falling over the ball, I’m not falling down and I’m not getting anything.

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“Little decisions like that is disappointing because they’re professional fouls and they’re getting away with it. There’s been a lot this season so it’s very frustrating.”

Much like Troisi A-League fans have certainly thrown their two cents in this season and with just a few weeks to go the widespread opinion of the 17/18 officiating performance will be hard to redeem.

Most of this discontent can be attributed to the early calamities and misadventures of VAR but none the less the fan feedback is still damning.

Statistics courtesy of Ultimate A-League.

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Josh is in the final stages of a journalism degree at The University of Queensland and is also firmly aboard the Arzani hype-train.