Another day, another VAR call that has fans divided.
The Western Sydney Wanderers have been left fuming after Kwame Yeboah’s equaliser against Perth Glory was chalked off by the referee for a supposed handball.
MATCH CENTRE: Western Sydney Wanderers vs Perth Glory
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As the ball was drilled goalwards by Daniel Georgievski on the left flank, Wanderers forward Yeboah instinctively threw his body in its direction in a desperate attempt to put it in the back of the net.
On first inspection, it looked as if the ball had been steered goalwards with the striker’s chest.
But the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and match official Adam Fielding shared a different opinion.
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After taking his time to watch a reply of the incident on the VAR screens, the referee judged that the ball had, in fact, made contact with Yeboah’s shoulder.
As a result, the Glory were awarded a free-kick and the goal itself was ultimately chalked off.
According to sideline reporter Adam Peacock, the referee was told in his earpiece by the VAR booth: “There is enough evidence to suggest your on-field decision (to award the goal) is wrong.”
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“He doesn’t push him in a certain direction of an opinion,” added Peacock.
“So Adam Fielding comes over and he makes the decision based on what he sees. It’s all based on what he sees with his own eyes. It took a lot of time but that’s the on-field decision that the referee has made with the aid of the pitchside monitor.”