Football Australia have announced that they have reviewed their decisions from last night’s game between Melbourne City and Central Coast Mariners.
The first penalty was awarded to Melbourne City for a foul on Marco Tilio that appeared to be outside of the box whilst the second decision involved a non-awarding of a penalty to the Mariners for a foul on Lewis Miller.
Football Australia have said the following on the decisions made in last night fixture.
“For both incidents, the VAR was correct in advising the Referee on-field to undertake an on-field review.
“For the first instance, the challenge from Rowles was initially outside the penalty area with a secondary contact inside the penalty area. The referee awarded the penalty kick because of the secondary contact inside the penalty area. From review of the incident the referee department has determined that the secondary contact was negligible contact and therefore the correct restart should be for the offence committed outside the penalty area.”
“The second incident the referee interpreted the contact as negligible on-field and as a result the VAR recommended the review. From the referee department review, the defender has fouled the attacking player by stepping on the foot. Hence a penalty should be awarded for this type of contact.”
The federation has stated that they will continue to review incidents from every A-Leagues match and they will continue to work in tandem with the Australian Professional Leagues in order to ensure that ‘the balance between accuracy and timeliness of decisions is achieved in the A-Leagues’.