The Whistle: Round 26 refereeing and VAR incidents explained

Each week a-league.com.au will be speaking with FFA Director of Referees Ben Wilson to review some of the contentious refereeing and VAR incidents from the weekend’s matches.

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Ben, talk us through the Red Card during the Mariners and Wanderers match after involvement from the VAR.

In this incident, Wanderers midfielder Alex Baumjohann is fouled by Mariners defender Kye Rowles.

The referee turned his attention too quickly to follow the ball and missed the contact from Rowles on Baumjohann.

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The VAR checked the incident and recommended an on-field review for a missed red card. After seeing the replay, the referee correctly sent Rowles off for Serious Foul Play and restarted with a free kick for the foul.

This was a serious missed incident and it was a good use of the VAR.

WATCH: VAR intervenes to send off Mariners defender Kye Rowles


In Brisbane, Eli Babalj had a goal disallowed for offside. Did the VAR check this incident?  

As per the VAR protocol all goals or potential goals are checked by the VAR to determine if the on-field decision is clearly and obviously wrong.

In this incident the on-field decision was offside and a goal was not awarded. The referee did not blow the whistle for offside until after the ball had crossed the goal line so this enables the incident to be checked by the VAR.

The VAR looked at the replay and upheld the on field decision. The offside decision was not clearly and obviously wrong and the VAR was correct not to intervene.

WATCH: VAR upholds the Eli Babalj offside decision