Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

VAR blunder in A-League final

VAR blunder in A-League final

Melbourne Victory win the A-League final for the fourth time with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle Jets on Saturday.

A-League chief Greg O'Rourke issued a statement this morning to reveal Hawkeye had a "malfunction of software" that meant the VAR system was partially lost 30 seconds before Victory's goal. Under VAR regulations, where there is no clear evidence to the contrary, the on field decision - in this case allowing the goal - stands.

"To be honest with you, from where I was - and I was right behind it - the ball's in the air, he's sticking a foot at it", Boogaard said.

Merrick, a fan of the VAR, wondered why it wasn't used to rule out Kosta Barbarouses' offside goal.

"I am still a fan of the VAR but I'm not sure if he looked at that in the replay when the ball was kicked - it looked like there were three players offside".

"I thought the referee let far too much go".

"While we understand that this happened only once this season, it was at a most critical time. If that's the way you win, that's the way you win, I would hope not to coach a team that plays like that".

"It's been an unbelievable challenge for us this season and we had to deal with a lot of things and a lot of challenges and one by one we stared them down".

"We got tested this year", the forward told Fox Sports. They're winners in that they've done so well to come from bottom to go to the top and that's a tremendous performance really. They survived an elimination showdown with Adelaide thanks ultimately to an incredible bicycle kick goal from colourful striker Besart Berisha at nearly the last minute, then overcame their hoodoo team, Sydney, in the semi-final after nearly shooting themselves in the foot with two own goals.

The Jets have played a fearlessly attacking style under Merrick, with Dimi Petratos and Andrew Nabbout thriving enough to earn Socceroos call ups. We've won a lot of games, we've scored a lot of game and every team in the league we've beaten at least once. It's a credit to them (his side) what they've achieved. I had a trial at Coventry when I was 15 or 16 years old. They had to beat both Sydney and Newcastle away from home to become the first club to win the A League four times - going past Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide - and did so.

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