Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold believes it’s time for the Hyundai A-League to introduce video technology to improve the standard of officiating.
Arnold let fly at the referees after the Sky Blues were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw against the Newcastle Jets in Wollongong on Saturday night.
The biggest gripe of the Sky Blues boss was the controversial offside decision that denied Marc Janko what would have been a contender for goal of the season, a spectacular volley 11 minutes before half-time.
“They do it every week…they may as well just give the Championship trophy to the referees because they decide what’s going on,” an Irate Arnold said.
“You can talk about the A-League and the standard, but until they lift their standards, and I know they’re part-time, but every game I’ve watched in the A-League this year there is some rotten decisions that costs points.
“And tonight…the refs ruin games every week and tonight they’ve ruined goal of the year.”
Asked what needs to change, Arnold fumed: “Maybe (refs become) full-time
“Or you do need video replays in Australia because they (the referees) are that bad.”
The refereeing controversy aside, Sydney only has themselves to blame for not taking all three points after squandering a host of chances in front of more than 11,000 fans at WIN Stadium.
Janko, who was lively throughout, hit the post in the first half, while skipper Alex Brosque and Bernie Ibini both wasted multiple opportunities.
“The game should have been over at half-time. When you’re in control of the game as much as we were and had the chances we had, we should have been four of five nil up at half time,” Arnold said.
“We had 34 entries into their penalty box to their seven. The performance was better, probably our best 90 minute performance, but we’ve got to become more ruthless in front of goal and kill teams off.”
The Sky Blues now have three weeks off before their next match and Arnold will turn his attention towards recruiting a winger and a defensive midfielder to bolster his ailing squad.
Despite going seven games without a win – and more than six hours without a goal – Arnold is confident his side is on track to get where he wants them to go.
“The mentality of the players is getting better. I’m so determined to take this club to the top and I’m so determined to change the culture and to make it the biggest club in this country,” Arnold declared.
“I’ve made a hell of a lot of changes off the field but on the field it