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Is it time for the A-League to scrap VAR?

4th November, 2019
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Another week of football, another VAR controversy. The video assistant referee continues to cause problems in the football world, especially so in our very own A-League.

Wellington Phoenix were the unfortunate victims on this occasion, with a controversial penalty upheld by the VAR giving Melbourne City what ended up being the decisive goal in a 3-2 result.

A second-half cross into the box by City’s Denis Genreau appeared to strike the chest of Phoenix defender Louis Fenton and ricochet out of play, but debutant referee Ben Abraham called a penalty for handball.

Fenton was incredibly confident VAR would overturn the decision but, despite footage not even conclusively proving the ball hit his arm to begin with, the decision stood.

With VAR controversies becoming a weekly occurrence, the question has to be asked; is it worth keeping around?

We were joined on the Game of Codes podcast by Roar football expert Mike Tuckerman to make a call on whether VAR is still good for the game.

Listen to the debate in the player above.

Visit our Game of Codes hub to catch the full episode and be sure to subscribe and review on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or wherever else you’re listening.