Rudan at odds with VAR, says ex-player is needed to guide referees

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Western United coach Mark Rudan has called for changes to be made to VAR following his sides 2-0 loss to Sydney FC.

United captain Andrew Durante was sent off for violent conduct in the closing stages of the match, after a VAR review showed him striking Sydney attacker Jordi Swibel during a challenge. 

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Rudan was perplexed the VAR chose to review the incident and not a separate one earlier in the week. After United striker Besart Berisha appeared to be fouled by Wanderers’ player Simon Cox in the box, as his side was chasing an equalizer on Sunday.

“My question is – why use the VAR in the 93rd minute when the game is done and dusted as opposed to Sunday when the game was in the balance and Besart clearly had his shirt pulled,” he said.     

“We need to use common sense. You look at what will damage the game. Today, this didn’t damage anything expect for our football club. I question using it on that incident and not on Sunday. That was the time to have the courage to use it. There was no point in using it today.  

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The ex-Sydney defender claimed a lack of consistency from the VAR was hurting his side. Rudan said he would l change the way he coached his team to defend based on recent VAR decisions.   

“I coach my players a certain way,” he said.

“We have conceded goals from set pieces – maybe because we don’t pull shirts – because we don’t drag players or hold them.   

“We are not a team who does that, because that’s the rule. But the referees have told me through their actions that if I tell players to pull players now, to pull shirts and to push – because it happens to us all the time – they better not penalise us for that because I can only go by what they are letting go as a coach. 

“Now I am coaching my players to do that. Maybe today you saw that. Like I said we better not be pulled up for that because its happened time and time again to us. We want consistency but we have been told [by the referees] that if you are looking for consistency you aren’t going to get it.”   

Rudan suggested the VAR could be improved by getting an ex-professional player to assist referees in making decisions.  

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“I would love to see a former player get in the box,” Rudan said.  

“Back in the day we had referees who knew people and would talk to you as a human being. I’d love an ex footballer to be in there and say at this point in the game, what’s the point?  

“We have someone like Alex Brosque who knows all the personalities in the league – highly respected by everyone. It would be nice for him or an ex-player to sit next to him and say  – do you see any malice in that? That would be nice because these guys know the game.  

Not to say the referees don’t but these guys played the game. They have been in the heat of moments in the battle. I can’t have it, the referees are doing their best but they need help from people who have been in the lions den.” 

The United coach claimed the recent VAR decisions had set a precedent for what would be considered a foul.

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“It’s easier now because I know what the standard is and where the bar is set now by them [the referees] through their decisions,” Rudan said.   

“Like us we make decisions right or wrong I make mistakes, but I have to pay for those. 

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai

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Adam Sheldon
Adam Sheldon
Full time football addict. Passionate about any sport with balls. Covering Sydney FC A-League and W-League teams for the upcoming season.

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