Perth Glory beat struggling Sydney FC 1-0 on the back of a controversial offside call that led to a penalty.

Farina strengthens call for video review

November 2, 2013
By Chris Pike

Sydney FC coach Frank Farina has called on the A-League to look seriously into using video review technology, lambasting dependence of "semi-professional" match officials in the wake of a controversial 1-0 loss to Perth Glory.

Farina was left frustrated after an apparent incorrect offside ruling led to the only goal in Saturday's night's match in Perth.

Under pressure after two consecutive poor losses leading into the match, Farina's frustration would not have been helped by the fact Sydney thereafter had the better of the contest.

The goal came after Perth attacker Ryo Nagai appeared to be clearly offside but allowed to play on.

He was subsequently fouled in the box by Sydney goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic, allowing Steve McGarry to convert the ninth-minute penalty.

"I was disappointed with that and I thought the linesman got it wrong," said Farina.

"The foul was a foul, but I thought it was offside before that even from watching it live.

"Then the replay that I saw confirmed it for me. It's not good enough.

"In days like this, you wish you were playing rugby league or rugby union where those things won't happen but unfortunately in our game it does and it's not the first time this season in four rounds.

"There is time to go to the vision and, if we have that technology, those things don't happen.

"People will say I am bitching or complaining, but we are in a massive industry where a lot of money is poured into the league and teams.

"If you are going to have people who are semi-professional determining the results of matches, that for me is wrong. It's sad and it has to be looked at."

Farina claimed the other A-League coaches would support his view.

"It's not good enough and if people who aren't involved on that square actually playing are deciding how games go, for me that's a sad indictment of where we are heading," Farina said.

"I'm sure that there are other coaches, I'd say all of them would agree, that it's not good enough.

"Unfortunately that guy (linesman) goes back to his job during the week and will get another game next week and the same thing might happen. It's just not good enough and sad."

A newspaper survey conducted at the start of the season found six of the coaches in favour of using review technology.

Glory coach Alistair Edwards didn't share Farina's opinion.

"I think it is fine as it is to be honest," Edwards said.

"It will even itself out throughout the season and, even with the technology, some decisions go with you and some against."

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