A-League: Jets skipper calls for clarity from FFA on VAR

CONFUSED: Nigel Boogaard makes a tackle on striker Kaine Sheppard at training. The Jets skipper has appealed to the FFA to outline when and how the VAR will be used. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers Jets captain Nigel Boogaard has called for the FFA to clarify whenand how the Video Assistant Referee will be used in the A-League or risk further frustration and confusion.

The Jets were involved in two controversial VAR decisions in the 2-1loss to Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.The Melbourne derby and the clash between Brisbane Roar and Central Coast was also overshadowed by the VAR.

“The league starts again and unfortunately we are talking about something other than the football,” Boogaard saidahead of the Jets clash against Adelaide at Cooper’s Stadium on Friday night.“The last gameof last year, the result came off the back of a mistake. Now round one and there is another mistake.At the end of the day, we just want the football to be the main focus …unfortunately it is not.”

The VAR, introduced on the eve of the 2016-17 final series, was aimed to correct clear and obvious errors.

In the second instance against Wellington on Sunday, there was confusion over which incident was under review.Play had moved on from a corner when referee Daniel Elder received a message from the VAR about a potential foul by Jets substitute Kaine Sheppard on Mitch Nichols off the ball. Contact appeared minor but Elder awarded a penalty to Phoenix, which resulted in the decisive goal.Earlier, Phoenix had a goal disallowed for handball after intervention from the VAR.

“At the moment there is a lot of grey area around when it is going to be used,” Boogaard said. “It’s unfortunate that we conceded that penalty but the other goal may not have been turned around had there not been VAR. There is a place for it. As players we don’t know what they are checking, why they are checking and when it is being used.”

Meanwhile, Boogaard presented Hunter Life Education with a cheque for $2,500, which is the proceeds ofa PFA Community award the defender won.

Hunter Life Eductaion, whose mascot is Healthy Harold the giraffe, run a school program promoting a healthy life.

”I read an article a couple of years ago which said the service was in doubt due to a funding,” Boogaard said. “To think that my daughter mightn’t get that education. I did Octsober last year and raised some money. On the back of that, I won a PFA community award, which I was able to present Healthy Harold. Overall, I raised a bit over $4,500 and through that a couple of hundred kids are able to sit through theprogram.”