'Disgrace!' - Controversial VAR call lights up Melbourne derby

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The VAR is back with a bang

It doesn't take a lot to make Kevin Muscat angry, but the Melbourne Victory coach can feel more than a little aggrieved after a controversial call saw Melbourne City awarded a first-half penalty in the first derby of the season.

After Keisuke Honda scored on debut to put Victory ahead, City were handed a lifeline in the 40th minute when Bruno Fornaroli was adjudged to have been fouled on the edge of the area.

Resulting replays suggested there was very little contact on the Uruguayan, but also showed the contact was made inside the box - with VAR then seeing on-field referee Kurt Ams upgrade his initial call to a penalty.

Florin Berenguer would then have his penalty saved by Lawrence Thomas only for Ritchie de Laet to bundle home the rebound.

The penalty decision leaving many left confused with former Socceroo Mark Bosnich less than impressed with VAR's inability to see an incorrect call overturned. 

"Absolutely a disgrace of a decision," Mark Bosnich said on Fox Sports. 

"If this is going to continue they (the referees) need to start losing their jobs for a couple weeks.

"It's taken the steam out of a great first half.

"This is ridiculous. How can you look at that and say that's a foul?"

Bosnich not the only one who was baffled by the decision. 

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