Melbourne Victory’s Grand Final winning goal seemed to have been slightly offside and has fans wondering why there isn’t a video review system in place to ensure these sorts of obvious errors don’t happen.

Oh wait.

If things last night seemed dire for Newcastle Jets fans and football fans in general they have all of a sudden become much worse today.

The FFA have released a statement admitting Kosta Barbarouses’ winning goal should not have stood as there were a number of Victory players offside from Leroy George’s free kick and have pointed the blame at a temporary fault with technology.

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Australian football’s governing body say the technology allowing the VAR to review the footage failed 30 seconds before Victory’s goal in an occurrence that according to the statement has “happened only once this season.”

The admission that the decisive only goal in the most important game of the season should not have stood is unprecedented, shocking and an embarrassment to the game.

The issue here is not that Victory wouldn’t have won the game even if Barbarouses’ goal was scrubbed off.

They strangled the Jets particularly in the second half and Lawrence Thomas was monumental in pulling off a few world class saves while being on the receiving end off some very rough treatment.

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For all its controversies this season the VAR has regularly been on top of offside decisions given that it involves the fairly objective test of drawing a line across the pitch in line with the last defender to see if any attacker is further advanced.

Yet in the biggest game of the A-League season the VAR went completely missing when it was needed and decided not to rule out the goal for a narrow but obvious offside.

Jets coach Ernie Merrick was predictably miffed following the game at the decision that may have cost his team the Grand Final.

“I don’t know about that goal. It looked to me like there were three players offside,” Merrick said.

“I don’t want to be a sore loser but if that goal was offside I just wonder what the point of the VAR is.”

The Grand Final non-decision sums up a disastrous first full season with the use of the VAR in the A-League and if it wasn’t already, is now at a point where it simply can’t defended.

The Jets will undoubtedly be looking at their options for appeal in the wake of today’s statement however what good can come of it now is yet to be seen.

As for the FFA this marks just about the lowest point for the governing body and leaves many asking where they go from here and what sort of future the VAR can have when these sorts of technical frailties can cripple the game so badly.

The state of things last night was dire but somehow things for Newcastle Jets fans and football fans in general have become worse today.

 

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