Mike Mulvey was critical of the officiating decisions made in the F3 Derby on Wednesday night where his side were defeated 1-0 by the Jets with a goal that Mulvey believes should not have stood.

The incident in question took place in the 54th minute when Dimi Petratos flicked the ball in behind the Mariners defence into the path of Roy O’Donovan, who squared it to Kaine Sheppard who rounded off the move and took the lead for the Jets.

“We got caught with a through ball, which in my opinion, was clearly offside when the ball was played through to Roy O’Donovan,” Mulvey said.

As you can see, it’s a very close call, and VAR was not called into action following Kaine Sheppard’s finish.

“I’m at a loss to understand why it wasn’t checked properly by VAR, and if it was checked, we weren’t given an explanation,” he continued.

“The explanation I got from the fourth offical was ‘It’s too close to call it in the studio’, and I’ve got five messages on my phone saying ‘That guy was clearly offside when the ball was played through’.”

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Mulvey’s frustrations grew even further towards the end of the game where there was a handball shout against Nikolai Topor-Stanley in the box, which was also wasn’t looked at with VAR.

“I’ve been on good authority that the camera in Newcastle was taken down two minutes before the handball incident,” Mulvey explained.

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The VAR system has been an abundant source of controversy and seems to have caused more problems than it has solved. Officiating issues are prevalent across the league almost every week.

“This is not the first time it’s happened to us. The inconsistency is not a good look for the A-League. It’s not about Central Coast Mariners, it’s about the A-League.”

It’s clear to see that there are a number of systematic shortcomings with the VAR and the standard of refereeing in the A-League this season has been poor. It could just be a case of the league adjusting to the use of this new technology and having are difficulty minimising its faults.

“The league needs to have a look at itself.

“You can’t say it brings shame to the league, but it does need sorting out. It’s not good enough.”

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