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Monday, 22 October 2018

VAR 'is working as designed' insists A-League boss Greg O'Rourke

A penalty awarded after a VAR consultation proved the deciding factor in Mark Rudan's first game in charge of the Wellington Phoenix. Brisbane Roar wasted a host of chances against Central Coast Mariners on Sunday, having to eventually settle for a 1 - 1 draw. Tony Popovic started off his tenure as Perth boss with a well contested 1 - 1 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers at the nib Stadium. Melbourne City overcame local rivals Melbourne Victory after a contentious first half penalty was awarded through VAR. Adelaide United held the reigning premiers to a 1-1 draw at Cooper Stadium. Marquee signing Adam Le Fondre scoring his first goal under the Sydney FC club. The head of A-League believes the VAR system is working appropriately but wants more full-time referees to keep pace with the sport. "The VAR has been rolled out worldwide so it's not going anywhere," A-League head Greg O'Rourke told SEN radio on Monday. VAR controversies have dominated the wash-up of the A-League's opening round. O'Rourke acknowledged the "system failed" in last season's Grand Final when the only goal of the match, scored by Melbourne Victory's Kosta Barbarouses against Newcastle,...

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