Newcastle Jets skipper Nigel Boogaard says players haven't got a clue what the refs are doing with VAR and demanded action to clarify how and when it will be used.
The Jets were again on the wrong end of a VAR decision in their opening weekend clash against Wellington Phoenix after their Grand Final against Melbourne Victory was also undone by VAR.
Victory snatched the A-League Championship last May after VAR failed to pick up an offside because 30 seconds of crucial footage went mysteriously missing mid-game.
And this weekend again, another controversial VAR call cost Jets a late penalty and gave Phoenix the win.
The decision has infuriated the Jets skipper who is now demanded a crackdown on how and when VAR is used and some transparency on the decision-making process.
"The league starts and unfortunately we're again talking about something that's not football," Boogaard said after training today.
"The last game of last season, the result came off the back of a mistake and we're now in round one and there's another mistake.
"It's frustrating that there's not clarity around the processes. We just want the football to be the focus and the showcase of the A-League and unfortunately it's not."
CEOs and FFA executives met yesterday to try to discuss ways to improve the use of VAR, including a move for video refs to make decisions within seconds or else play on as the infringement is clearly not obvious.
"if we all know and everyone understands how it's going to be utilised then we can all approach it in the right way," said Boogaard.
"But at the moment there's a lot of grey area around when it's going to be used. Ultimately it's affecting the game at the moment."
The Jets defender revealed players on the pitch have no more idea than fans at the ground about what is happening when refs go to the video replays.
"We were in the referee's ear all the time asking the question and unfortunately he really gave us no clarity around it, especially the penalty," he said.
"As players we don't know what they're checking, why they're checking it and when it's being used.
"it didn't cost us a Grand Final – but it was a major factor in why we didn't get a result there, and it's hurt us in round one."
He added: "I think just having clarity around that will put everyone's mind at ease and we can understand when and where it's going to be used.
"There were a few incidents that didn't get picked up by the referee or the VAR and things that did.
"For me again, it's a clarity around if they're going to be picking things up off the ball, how far off the ball things get picked up and different things like that – so yeah, frustrating times."