'One of the worst decisions in VAR history' - Wellington Phoenix draw after copping soft red card

The Kiwis saw their utility given his marching orders after technological intervention, in what looked like an incredibly stiff call

Wellington Phoenix substitute Ryan Lowry has been controversially sent off after Video Assistant Referee examination with the home side holding a lead against Perth Glory late in the second half at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.

The Kiwis were up 1-0 with 15 minutes to play when Lowry was shown the red card by referee Adam Kersey - allowing Perth to gain a man advantage and eventually force an equaliser through Diego Castro.

Lowry's challenge saw the utility make slight contact with the leg of Castro as his slid across the pitch - an incident that appeared to be worthy of a yellow card at a most.

There was even initial confusion when referee Kersey was asked by VAR to check an incident as fans, players and commentators weren't sure what was being examined.

When Lowry was given his marching orders, social media blew up, much like Phoenix coach Mark Rudan, with many suggesting this was the final straw for VAR in the A-League.