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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.
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.
Here's how a VAR decision was broadcast during Sydney FC vs Melbourne City in December. Is this...
C) Wow. Look at that mullet!pic.twitter.com/KZLOFUyGK1
- MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) February 7, 2021
This is how you do VAR properly. Be transparent, that way there's less wiggle room for refs and we would understand why they make barmy decisions. Cant we get the Ozzy refs over here? https://t.co/Arls2Th61b
- Phil Bigelow (@bigelowphil) February 7, 2021
Soooo much similar to how it works in cricket. This is needed!
Mike Dean will get bodied :sob: https://t.co/7v7PK732QT
- Harsh Songara (@UTD_Sangu) February 7, 2021
Thoughts on this?
Referees and those in charge of VAR heard communicating with each other.
Should we be able to listen in to the judgments that are passed regarding and "card offences" or at all times?
It begs the question why this hasn't been introduced in the UK
:arrow_down: #lufc https://t.co/SM80q9tqbs
- Orta Know Better Podcast :headphones::microphone2: (@OrtaKnowBetter) February 7, 2021
This is how it should be! Able to hear the ref with their thought process and this is how it works in Rugby! https://t.co/kEBWDrGCFX
- Dudders (@mdudderz) February 7, 2021
Broadcasting the conversation between officials would be a start to accountability. I don't think we'll see post-match interviews for a while yet. Great mullet. https://t.co/NBNgrxXb6o
- stricksmate (@stricksmate) February 7, 2021
Absolutely how VAR should be!
Mic refs up to broadcast as well. Would stop players abusing constantly too... https://t.co/w3SZ2fgy5y
- Sam Billings (@sambillings) February 7, 2021
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.
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.
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.
Australian football the place to be right now.
Featured Image Credit: PA/FOX
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