Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou has blasted the standard of A-League referees, saying they cost his side a win against Adelaide United.

Victory boss slams A-League referees

October 18, 2013
By Steve Larkin

An irate Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou says basic refereeing blunders robbed his side of an A-League win against Adelaide United.

Postecoglou launched a scathing attack on the standard of referees after two howlers went against the Victory their 2-2 draw in Adelaide on Friday night.

The Reds opened scoring after being awarded a dubious penalty, while Victory attacker Mitch Nichols was denied a first-half goal when, after finding the net, he was incorrectly ruled offside.

An upset Postecoglou approached the referees as they walked off Adelaide's Coopers Stadium.

"All I said to them was I think they got two very major decisions wrong in a half of football, and that shouldn't happen. As simple as that," he said post-match.

Postecoglou said he wasn't on a "witch hunt" against referees.

"But we want them to get the big ones (decisions) right most of the time," he said.

"I would have copped one in a half. But to take two that were absolutely stone-cold bad decisions, I think in a big game such as this, it shouldn't happen.

"They (referees) don't need to inject themselves into the contest.

"I would rather not be talking about them at all. But I'm not talking about little free kicks or throw-ins, I couldn't care less about that because I probably make more mistakes than they do.

"But get the big ones right.

"Everyone in the ground could see it wasn't a penalty.

"And I have watched this game for 40 years and I have never seen an offside given in that situation for a goal. You know the natural progression of the game, players will always be in an onside position, so it's not even a line-ball. So get them right."

Postecoglou said the poor decisions were a bad look look in a Friday night blockbuster on live television and attended by 16,504 spectators - a record for an A-League match in Adelaide.

"The game is growing," he said.

"I don't know what the (television) audience would have been - the whole country would have been watching.

"And at the end of the day, it may be great theatre. But when I have shaved five years off my life, I would rather not have it."

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