Veart questions ‘inconsistent refereeing’ in Adelaide’s loss to Wanderers

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Adelaide United head coach Carl Veart did not hold back his opinion on the refereeing during their 2-1 loss against Western Sydney Wanderers. 

According to Veart, Adelaide United have been on the wrong side of numerous poor calls by the referees this season – and Wednesday night was no different. 

First it started off with a no penalty call against defender Michael Jakobsen just before the half-time break.  

The initial decision was no penalty by referee Daniel Elder, and VAR agreed – but Veart said there was clearly contact. 

“It looked like a penalty to me, there was a lot of contact,” said Veart. 

Moments later Veart’s blood pressure went from bad to worse as Zac Clough was deliberately pulled down during a fast break 40 metres from goal. 

“He pulled Clough down, it was clear,” Veart said. 

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“He’s (Clough) still got 40 meters to run sure. But no-one was going to catch him as there was no one there.

“When you are dragged down by the last man, that’s a red card isn’t it and that’s what I believe.” 

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The madness continued as Wanderers man in goal Daniel Margush blatantly stepped outside of his 18-yard box with the ball in his hands, but the referee who was in a perfect spot waved it off. 

“10 minutes after Clough’s incident, there’s a deliberate handball on the edge of the box,” Veart said. 

“No yellow card? I don’t know.” 

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It is the inconsistency that is becoming apparent from game to game that is infuriating Veart and the rest of the A-League Men’s coaches.  

“I’ve always said that players make mistakes and so do referees,” Veart said. 

“But what annoys me and all of the A-League Men’s coaches is the inconsistency in games.

“And we saw that again tonight. There was a lot of inconsistencies.” 

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And the stats are agreeing with this inconsistency.

In Adelaide’s last five fixtures there has been an average total of 4.8 cards awarded per game, which is well above the league average of 3.2 cards per game over the last five seasons.

Yet despite there being more yellows awarded, there is still blatant calls that go begging – and with VAR, this is something that was supposed to have been stamped out.

Featured image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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