Simon Hill: I want VAR gone from A-League

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The pundit has slammed the referee-assisting technology after a wave of controversial incidents over the past few weeks

Leading football commentator Simon Hill has slammed the A-League's video assistant referee (VAR) system, declaring he wants it gone because it is still not getting decisions right.

A number of VAR-related controversies occurred in round 10, with Central Coast coach Paul Okon saying he could understand if fans had 'fallen out of love with football' after two yellow cards for Mariners players Wout Brama and Jake McGing were upgraded to red.

Agreeing with Okon's sentiments, Hill says there are too many flaws in the use of the technology and that it's taking the focus away from the football.

"I want it gone. The bottom line is it has been brought in to get things right and it’s still not getting things right," Hill said on SEN.

"I think it’s time consuming. I think it’s frustrating and confusing for players, fans, coaches and media.

"We’re in a situation at the moment where our referees and VARs are more famous than the players — that can’t be allowed to continue.

"I was against this VAR in the first place. I’ve always said give the referees the power to do their job and if the culture of the game needs changing, then change it.

"But don’t change the nature of the game because it’s the world game for a reason — and that’s because it’s pretty good."

The system is being trialled in Australia this A-League campaign after being introduced initially for last season's finals series.

FIFA are a big supporter of the technology and are keen to see it implemented worldwide, and Hill has urged critics to fight for the system to be scrapped in the future.

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"Unfortunately we’ve gone down this road — I know it’s a trial — but I keep hearing FIFA want it, (FIFA president) Gianni Infantino likes it and we’ve got to get used to it," Hill said.

"But FIFA is the organisation that wants a 48-team World Cup. FIFA is the organisation that takes the World Cup to Qatar in June-July in 45-degree heat and turns the world upside down to accommodate it when they know it was wrong.

"We don’t have to always say, 'oh well we are just going to tip our lid and get on with it'. We’ve got to fight for what we believe is right and I just personally do not believe (the VAR) is right."

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