Stajcic: I honestly can’t tell what handball is anymore

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VAR made two key interventions, leaving Alen Stajcic confused as to what constituted a handball, as the Brisbane Roar put four goals past the Central Coast Mariners.

The Roar scored early on in Gosford and the Mariners were pressing for an equaliser in the 21st minute when referee Alex King pointed to the spot, after it was alleged Jack Hingert handballed in the box.

After a lengthy VAR review, the decision was overturned and this left Mariners coach Stajcic perplexed.

“I honestly can’t tell what handball is anymore, I honestly can’t tell if they are gonna give them or not,” STAJCIC said.

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Stajcic was left wondering what could be given as handball, suggesting the referees needed to explain in more detail what does and does not constitute handball.

Things went from bad to worse for the Mariners in the 62nd minute when Marco Urena was sent off for a nasty challenge. After originally only receiving a yellow card, VAR stepped in and upgraded it to a straight red.

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Urena appeared to be frustrated after Joey Champness gave the Roar a two goal lead just a few minutes beforehand.

Stajcic defended his player and assured there was no ill intent in the challenge, he said it was just one of those things that happened in football.

“I think it was a bit innocuous, he went for the ball and caught him a bit higher, I don’t think he meant it at all,” Stajcic Said.

After Urena was sent from the field, Stajcic withdrew some of his experienced players and sent on less experienced, youth players. Something he said was a good opportunity for the youth players.

The youthful side held their own and looked the better side for much of the second half, despite only fielding ten men. Stajcic said he was proud of his players for controlling the game, given the situation.

The Roar took advantage of the extra man in the final minutes, scoring two goals on the counter after the Mariners pushed high looking for a goal of their own.

“Just to have that mentality to keep fighting until the end was admirable. I’d rather push for a draw then accept a two nil defeat,” Stajcic said.

Featured image credit: Glenn Pokorny

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Ben Johnston
I grew up on the Central Coast and fell in love with football in 2005. Supporter of Mariners, Manchester United and Macclesfield Town.

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