A-League: Jets still waiting for FFA response to blow up

Jets coach Ernie Merrick

THREE days after Ernie Merrick lambasted match-day officials as ‘disgraceful’ the Jets coach is still waiting to learn if he will be sanctioned.

Contacted by theNewcastle Heraldon Monday, an FFA official said that Head of A-League Greg O’Rourke was at a meeting of club chief executivesand a decision on what action, if any, against Merrick would be determinedon Tuesday.

Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna said although theclub hadnot received a formal notice he wasexpecting a“please explain” letter.

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Merrick said he had not “heard anything from the FFA”

“No doubt I will receive a letter,” he said. “If this improves the way the game is refereed, I think it will be a good thing.”

Merrick is not the first coach to find fault with the VAR.Paul Okon, John Aloisi,Marco Kurz and Josep Gombau have also expressed dissatisfaction with a number of aspects.

Adelaide United chairman Greg Griffin on Monday wrote to the FFA asking for the VAR to be cancelled after the Reds’controversial2-all draw with the Mariners.

In an explosive email obtained by News Limited Griffin said:“AUFC can only wonder where it would be on the ladder if it had throughout this season not been subjected to poor refereeing performances and inconsistent usage of the VAR technology to address those obvious errors that other clubs have benefited from.”

But unlike hiscontemporariesMerrick remain supportive of the VAR.

“I was one of the onesvery pro getting it through and wanted it to be applied,” he said.“I still think the technology is good and should be utilised and the VAR should be a major part of the game moving forward. But I think it should be applied much better.

“That is the key, the application of the VAR and whether the person handling the video referee is an assistant or the head referee.”

Merrick confirmed that midfielder Ben Kantarovski (hamstring) would not make the trip to Brisbane to tackle the Roar on Saturday and Argentine winger Pato Rodriguez (calf) is also in doubt.

“Ben could play this weekend, but knowing where we are at and going into the finals, I’d rather save him for one more week,” Merrick said.

Meanwhile, little used defender Daniel Alessi has been released by the Jets and will link with NSW Premier League club Manly.

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