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Video Resurfaces Of How A League Referees Use VAR Correctly

Video Resurfaces Of How A League Referees Use VAR Correctly

Football fans are resharing a video from 2019 that showed how VAR was used in an A-League match once, with the officials mic'd up and explaining their decisions.

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It's been a pretty tough week for Video Assistant Referees, and the referees on the pitch too, with controversial decisions in several games.

The nadir of the bad decisions came on Saturday evening as West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek was sent off for what Mike Dean believed to be an elbow on Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic.

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How Dean came up with the decision to send the West Ham player off after watching the video screen is anyone's guess and with referees not explaining why they took action after the match.

A match between Sydney FC and Melbourne City in December 2019 allowed fans at home to know what was going on, as two mic'd up officials discussed the decision, and a clip from the game has gone viral again.

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Fans of rugby, cricket and NFL, amongst others, are all used to hearing conversations between officials as they talk through the video evidence.

It's a happy medium between fans not hearing anything and referees having to be subject of interviews after games to explain their decisions.

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No one is saying it would result in every decision being correct but at least fans would understand why the likes of Bednarek and Soucek had been sent off in the past week.

Soucek's sending off left everyone baffled. Image: PA Images
Soucek's sending off left everyone baffled. Image: PA Images

A-League was in the headlines for more right reasons on Saturday as Macarthur and Western Sydney Wanderers put on a thrilling game.

There were two incredible goals and a ridiculous goalmouth scramble as Wanderers twice came from behind to earn a point.

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Featured Image Credit: PA/FOX

Topics: Football News, Tomas Soucek, World Football, Referees, Mike Dean, A-League, Premier League, West Ham United, West Ham, Australia, Fulham, VAR

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