Roar coach Aloisi calls for VAR consistency
BRISBANE Roar coach John Aloisi says he's in favour of the video assistant referee system provided the decisions are consistent and made quickly.
The Roar were denied an equaliser in the 2-1 loss to Newcastle last Sunday after Massimo Maccarone, the player who put the ball on the net, was ruled offside earlier in the movement after VAR intervention.
While Aloisi accepted the decision after it was clarified by FFA referees director Ben Wilson, he said the second of Newcastle striker Roy O'Donovan's three goals in the Jets' 5-1 first-round win over Central Coast Mariners should have been disallowed by the VAR for an offside offence in the build-up.
"I spoke to Ben Wilson ... and he said they clearly got that one wrong in Round 1 but got ours right," Aloisi said on Wednesday.
"That's where the confusion is. The VAR, it's good when they get it right, but they've also got it wrong.
"The media obviously didn't know because they didn't pick up on O'Donovan's one in the first round, but Ben Wilson told me that they got that wrong.
"They admitted it to me in private, so I'm saying it in public, so that everyone understands that I wasn't complaining for no reason, I was complaining because we weren't clear.
"Now, I'm pretty sure that everyone will understand the rule, even the referees, and the VAR assistant. Let's hope that they get these decisions right all the time."
Aloisi said all he wanted was consistency and less of a delay when the VAR was making a ruling.
"If we got the VAR in (permanently), I don't mind if they make the correct decisions and they're consistent on it," he said.
"How far do you go back? That's the questionable bit. Do you go back four passes, five passes, one pass? I thought it detracted away from the moment because we were celebrating (what seemed to an equaliser) for three minutes before they told us there was no goal.
"It's too long. It breaks up the game, especially when we're chasing the game."
The Roar are bottom of the ladder without a point ahead of their trip to Wellington to play the Phoenix on Saturday.
"We're not happy with the actual results at the moment but the performance in the second half against Newcastle was really good," Aloisi said.
"We have to make sure that we keep on improving in the way we're playing and if we do that the results will come, they'll take care of themselves."
Aloisi confirmed left back Corey Brown had torn his hamstring, and would be out indefinitely.