When one looks at Markus Babbel’s time in the A-League so far, his Australian adventure has probably not been what he would have hoped.
The German’s Western Sydney Wanderers are struggling in the league’s bottom four, he has had to field a team on a pitch that was scarcely to a professional standard and he was made to deal with the early-season VAR fiasco.
Babbel and his side were victims of perhaps the most controversial VAR decision of all: Roly Bonevacia’s disallowed goal for offside in the Round 2 Sydney Derby at the SCG, which ultimately ended in the 46-year-old being shown a red card.
And after a 4-3 defeat on the road against league leaders Perth Glory on Sunday night, tasking a youthful-looking lineup, Babbel was again seeing red when it comes to officiating in the league.
Leading 3-1, Perth stormed back into the match and eventually snatched the lead to retain their six-point advantage at the top of the table, winning 4-3.
Juande smashed home the winning goal from the penalty spot, which was conceded by Western Sydney skipper Brendan Hamill.
Markus Babbel was NOT happy about the officiating in #PERvWSW.
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Babbel was also left frustrated by the decision to allow Glory’s opener, scored by Diego Castro. Full-back Jason Davidson, who was stood in an offside position, played at the ball but replays show he made no contact.
The former Bayern Munich defender turned manager labelled the display of refereeing as “not professional-like”.
“Now is the chance for you there to talk about it because this is not professional-like,” he told the media.
“The quality – if I see all the games, not only watching our games, I see many, many more games – this is not good enough. That’s it.”
Babbel then called on journalists to critique A-League refereeing standards.
“If they don’t see it, then they’re f***ing blind,” he said.
“So they have to see it and they have to do something because the quality is not good enough.
“I know it’s not an easy job, don’t understand me wrong, but if you decide to do it, then you have to know, it’s similar to my job, to the players, we get criticised … too many mistakes.
“We have to improve, I have to improve, but they also have to improve.
“And this is now a good time for you, for all the experts in the league to talk about it because if you’re not talking about it, nothing will change.”
The Wanderers are now eighth on the table and remain on nine points with a match against Adelaide United at ANZ Stadium next up on Friday night.