Rudan feels robbed as VAR denies Western United win

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Western United were left furious after a 0-0 draw against Melbourne Victory, despite finding the back of the net twice. Following VAR involvement, Besart Berisha’s and Dylan Pierias’ goals were ruled out due to marginal offsides in both halves.

Mark Rudan did not hold back on his assessment of the officiating, as he believes both goals should have stood.

“We scored two legitimate goals. It’s clear”, said the Western United head coach.

“We were robbed today.”

The first target of his frustration was the referee, who Rudan believes was very harsh on his team throughout the match.

“The referees were quick to put the whistle in their mouth when it was against us.

“When it was as consistent as it was today, you have to start to ask the question.”

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In addition to that, it was not just the human errors which left the coach upset. Rudan simply does not trust VAR. He believes that Fox Sports do not have the technological capabilities to facilitate accurate decision-making.

“Fox don’t use as many cameras as they used to. I worked for that company, so don’t tell me they have the exact lines.”

He argued that the benefit of the doubt should always be given to the attacking team and VAR simply prevents that. In his opinion, the use of technology in pursuit of perfection is killing the game.

The Victory coach, Grant Brebner, was of a completely opposing opinion. In fact, he is certain that there is no way those two goals were legitimate.

“We’ve spent long enough looking at the videos. Why would I think any different?”

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He did admit, however, that his team was lucky to hang onto a point following a late Western United charge.

Both teams will look to return to winning ways as Victory travel to take on the Roar, while Western United go on the road to take on the Central Coast Mariners.

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Bogdan Vlasyuk
Bogdan Vlasyuk
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