Roar ‘definitely don’t agree’ with VAR decision during Victory clash

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Jordan Holmes’ red card in the 55th minute of the contest with Melbourne Victory was an incorrect call according to Brisbane Roar coach Warren Moon.

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With both sides pressing early in the second half amidst the oppressive heat, a disadvantage to either team could feasibly have broken the floodgates open after a deadlock on the scoreboard.

When Victory’s Nicholas D’Agostino and Brisbane goalkeeper Holmes collided, the referee opted not to make a call either way and continue the play.

What shaped as a flashpoint moment in the contest saw referee Chris Beath overturn his decision after VAR intervention, ultimately sending Holmes off the pitch.

This call led to Brisbane only having 10 men on the field, one of whom, reserve keeper Macklin Freke, was revealed by Moon post-game to be injured.

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Moon praised his men after the match but was equally scathing off the Holmes’ incident.

“Great character from the boys in extreme weather conditions and to take the decision on the chin” Moon said post-game.

“It wasn’t one that we agreed with and looking back now we definitely don’t agree with it.

“I’m pretty confident that it will get overturned having seen it back. D’Agostino leads with his foot, there’s a connection on our goalkeeper pretty high up so I think it could be argued that would be considered dangerous play.”

Melbourne Victory’s Tony Popovic was less forthcoming with his analysis of the decision.

While Popovic lamented his sides inability to capitalise upon their advantage, the coach thought the right call was made.

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“I thought at the time that the keeper was a bit late, but the referee didn’t give it at the time and that’s what we’ve got VAR for,” he said post-game.

For all the controversy and varying perspectives about the VAR’s role in the match, neither side could do the most important thing, hit the back of the net.

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Liam Cook
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