2018 World Cup: Australia burned once more by VAR

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The video review technology continues to frustrate football fans Down Under

Unlike the technology's use against the Socceroos on Saturday night, it's both clear and obvious the relationship between Australia and VAR isn't working. 

While France's penalty may well have been rightly awarded in the end, the mere hint of doubt surrounding it means the technology should not have overruled the referee's on-field decision. 

Social media immediately after the decision was ablaze, and for Australians, it's a fire they are all too familiar with after the VAR was unleashed prematurely in the A-League last season.

From lengthy delays, questionable decisions and a grand final goal that shouldn't have been given - the technology failed to win Australian football fans over.

After awarding the first ever World Cup penalty against the Socceroos on Saturday, VAR and Australia's relationship is now on even more rocky ground. And it's hard to see it ever recovering.

With around 3.4 million Aussies tuning in at one point during the match, the technology not only turned the match, but it also potentially turned fans on the fence away from the beautiful game. 

VAR France v Australia

Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan couldn't hide his disappointment with the VAR's intervention post-game.

"I feel hard done by. I feel like we were beaten by a better team and almost by technology a little bit," Ryan said.

"On the replays I have seen it didn't look conclusive. You hear that technology was brought in to take out clear-cut errors and all this in the game but that's the grey area.

"What's a clear-cut error and what's not? What's conclusive and what's not?

"I'm looking for a better explanation of it I guess now but I don't want to take anything away from the game and the beautiful game that it is and what we've done today." 

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The reaction on social media only got worse with current and past players voicing their frustrations with the use of the technology.

Technology has been deployed right in other sports in Australia, with the 'bunker' in the National Rugby League in particular learning from early failure to ensure the technology actually clarified matters.

As is stands however, VAR is only causing confusion and in Australia's case, more and more heartache when it comes to the round ball game. 

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