Refs’ calls spoils sport for Frank Farina's Sky Blues
TO BE a successful coach you also need to be a lucky one.
Sydney FC mentor Frank Farina seems to be all out of luck at the moment judging by Saturday afternoon's defeat at the hands of Perth Glory.
The Sky Blues dominated for much of the game at nib Stadium yet had to fly back across the country without any premiership points.
Of course the players must accept some of the blame for missing some decent chances and Danny Vukovic between the sticks for the Glory was also in fine form. But Farina, it seems, cannot take a trick both on the field and off with injuries to key players Rhyan Grant (out with a season-ending knee injury), and captain Alessandro Del Piero who only came on as a second-half substitute on Saturday after missing two games with a calf injury.
Farina is already under pressure after only four rounds.
His side could be sitting bottom after the end of this round if results go against it and the last thing he needs is poor decisions from officials as he got in Perth.
There is no doubt that Ryo Nagai was fouled by Sydney 'keeper Vedran Janjetovic in the penalty area and the referee was right to point to the spot.
But the Japanese winger was clearly offside in the build-up and that was somehow missed by the referee's assistant.
There was also a clear handball by Aaron Mooy in the lead-up to one of Western Sydney's goals in its victory over Adelaide United on Friday night and that too was missed by match officials.
Following on from some other shocking decisions in the opening three rounds, I can understand why Farina has called for video referees.
"It's days like this you wish you were playing rugby league or rugby union where those things won't happen, but unfortunately in our game it does," Farina said.
"I've always been an advocate for (video technology), but the reality is it's probably not going to happen for a long time."
I also agree with Farina when he says the game in this country will suffer if things are not done about officials' mistakes.
If the A-League is serious about making Australia's top league the best it can be, then referees need to go full-time.
"If you're going to have people that are semi-professional determining the results of this massive industry where a lot of money is being spent, that for me is wrong," Farina said.
Let's hope a poor decision does not one day cost a coach such as Farina his job.
You would hope it doesn't.