‘What did I just watch?’ Socceroos legend Robbie Slater is mocked for bizarre segment explaining controversial A-League VAR decision
- Fox Sports commentator accused of being biased after a post-match segment
- Robbie Slater tried to explain what happened during a controversial VAR call
- Western Sydney Wanderers defeated Sydney FC one goal to nil after VAR calls
Socceroos legend Robbie Slater has been mocked over a bizarre TV segment where he tried to explain a controversial call from the A-League Sydney derby.
Slater, who now commentates for Fox Sports, took to the field at Bankwest Stadium after the Western Sydney Wanderers held out Sydney FC 1-0 on Saturday night.
Sydney FC were adamant they had scored in the 51st minute through a Kosta Barbarouses header, but VAR ruled the whole of the ball hadn’t crossed the line.
When Slater tried to break down the decision, fans were left confused.
Slater took a ball down to the goal line and tried to walk viewers through why he believed Sydney FC didn’t score and VAR made the right call – despite earlier insisting it was a goal in the commentary booth.
After a VAR decision played into an A-League local derby’s result angry fans took to social media to accuse Fox Sports commentators of ‘bias’ in their breakdown of the call
‘I don’t think we’re ever going to definitely know but let’s have a look at it. So the ball strikes the post over here … now as it strikes the post I believe that the ball spins,’ he said as he moved the ball towards the goal line.
‘So it comes down, I believe it spins in here and by the time it gets over here it’s come around and its bent and it looks like this.’
‘That is the sort of angle you saw when you saw the replay is you saw the grass there, you’re thinking it’s over the line but as I come closer and you look above, it is nowhere near the whole ball is over the line as I look down at it there.’
The post-match segment, which was shared to Twitter, caused a massive backlash from Wanderers fans, with many accusing him of showing bias.
When Fox Sports commentator Robbie Slater (pictured) tried to break down the VAR call angry fans accused him of being biased
‘Imagine honestly doing this instead of celebrating the great game. How much bias does Fox Sports need to keep showing SFC?’ one fan wrote.
‘I wish we could get unbiased analysis and commentary on the A-League, there’s more teams than Sydney and Melbourne,’ another added.
‘Only surprise is he isn’t wearing smurf blue. Embarrassing for a sports broadcaster to be so openly biased . Wouldn’t have done this if the decision was against any other team,’ another fan replied.
Other fans poked fun at Slater for the segment, with one writing sarcastically: ‘Extremely scientific and intellectual, thank you Robbie.’
It was the first time the Wanderers had beaten Sydney FC in their last seven clashes over three years.
It was the first time the Wanderers had beaten Sydney FC in their last seven clashes over three years