Van Marwijk steals rival sport's method in solution to VAR crisis

Bert Van Marwijk provides a great response to the VAR controversy. Pic: Getty

Bert Van Marwijk is taking tips from another sport in an attempt to solve football’s VAR controversy.

The new Socceroos coach has offered his take on the video review saga after watching the A-League Grand Final live in Newcastle over the weekend.

The Jets are still fuming over a bungle with the video assistant referee, which led to the crucial goal being awarded to Melbourne Victory in Saturday night’s big match.

The goal was later revealed to have been offside, with the FFA saying there was a glitch in their VAR technology, meaning the score couldn’t be reviewed.

Now, Van Marwijk has referenced how video review technology is used in another round ball game while offering his solution to the raging issue.


“I was there [at the grand final], I saw the goal but I didn’t really see it very well from my position. Later on I heard it was offside,” Van Marwijk said on Monday.

“Now the referee decides on behalf of what he sees, or what he hears. I’m going to watch the video. In tennis it’s different, the players themselves can decide when you ask the video ref.

“Maybe you can think about giving both teams one or two, maybe three possibilities to ask the video ref.

“Maybe that’s better and more honest? Because now every body is depending on what the referee thinks and sees.”

The 65-year-old echoed the opinion of most football purists in arguing the game shouldn’t have an over-reliance on technology.

Players decide when video reviews occur in tennis. Pic: Getty

However, he also accepted some changes were needed in sport in order to make the product better.

“It’s very difficult, a video referee. I understand that you try to change football, the rules, to make it better, but we have to keep the charming things of football,” he said.

“You also must have the situation that you have to shout about things happening, and that people are talking about situations in the cafes, and journalists are discussing things. We must not have a situation that you cannot discuss anything any more.

“But I understand that you have to change things. A camera on the goal, I understand that. A video referee, I understand that.

“But I already saw games of video referees that nobody knew something and suddenly a referee whistles, maybe 30 seconds, one minute after a situation … then he whistled again, then he goes to the side, takes minutes, doesn’t really know, gets information, comes back, everybody in the stadium doesn’t really know what happens.


“It has to be [done] quicker, faster, to take decisions. It’s a difficult thing.

Meanwhile, the former Netherlands manager has dropped a massive hint about whether he’ll take talismanic striker Tim Cahill to next month’s World Cup in Russia, following the announcement of his 32-man preliminary squad on Monday.

Van Marwijk stamped Cahill and uncapped teenage gun Daniel Arzani as players who can “make a difference” at the World Cup after both were named in the squad.

And the Dutchman offered a strong hint Cahill could well be on the way to Russia next month for a fourth consecutive World Cup, labelling the 38-year-old striker “a special case” when discussing the make-up of his side.

Croatian-born 21-year-old right-back Fran Karacic is the shock selection while established core Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Mat Ryan, Mathew Leckie, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo and Tomi Juric have all been retained.

With AAP

PROVISIONAL SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Brad Jones, Mitch Langerak, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic

Defenders: Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Matthew Jurman , Fran Karacic, James Meredith, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury, Aleksandar Susnjar, Bailey Wright

Midfielders: Josh Brillante, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, James Troisi

Forwards: Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Apostolos Giannou, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Jamie Maclaren, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, Nikita Rukavytsya.