Rudan fumes at VAR call

16 May 2021 17:21:11 GMTPlus10

Western United coach Mark Rudan says he is sick of the club being treated like "second-rate citizens" following a controversial 1-0 defeat against Sydney FC.

Rudan is already feeling hard done by as United have been made to travel the length and breadth of Australia to play five games in the space of two weeks.

So a controversial penalty decision and a 1-0 defeat against the Sky Blues was certain to put him in a worse mood.

The turning point came in the 76th minute when a ball into the penalty area flicked up off the thigh of Ivan Vujica and struck his outstretched arm.

Play carried on only for VAR to intervene and after reviewing the footage referee Shaun Evans awarded the penalty which Adam Le Fondre put away.

Speaking after the game even Le Fondre admitted it was harsh and Rudan was far from impressed with the call.

"There wasn't much of a reaction from the Sydney FC bench or the players," Rudan said after the game.

"Shaun Evans was five metres from it, saw it clearly, saw on the replay a few times, made a decision to play on, everybody was happy with it and then all of a sudden it gets called back.

"Once again, we get dudded. We don't deserve it. I'm sick and tired of getting treated like a second-rate citizen in this league. It's just not fair.

"For us to continue to be on the wrong side of these decisions - it's shattering for me, for my chairman, my CEO and everybody involved in this football club."

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