Sydney: A technical failure was behind a controversial VAR goal decision that allowed Melbourne Victory to beat the Newcastle Jets 1-0 in the Australian A-League grand final, football chiefs said Sunday.
Kosta Barbarouses scored the contentious winner in the ninth minute of the game on Saturday in front of a sell-out crowd in Newcastle.
Despite replays showing three Victory players offside, it was allowed to stand after intervention by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
"Our review has found that a technical failure in the VAR system meant that the VAR did not have access to the camera views which would have enabled him to make an offside ruling," Football Federation Australia said in a statement.
The governing body's A-League head Greg O'Rourke said that according to technology partner Hawkeye, the capture software that uploads the broadcast feed into the VAR system was partially lost 30 seconds before Victory's goal due to a malfunction.
"It was not until some minutes after the goal that this was restored, too late to change the decision on the goal as the game had restarted," O'Rourke said.
"Under VAR regulations, where there is no clear evidence to the contrary, the on field decision -- in this case allowing the goal -- stands."
The camera feed to broadcaster Fox Sports, which was routed separately, was not affected.
"We are extremely disappointed at this failure of the VAR technology," added O'Rourke of the technology that will be used at this year's World Cup in Russia.