Adelaide United and Perth Glory shared the spoils of a controversial 1-1 draw at Coopers Stadium on Friday, just a week before the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR).
Dylan McGowan opened the scoring for Adelaide in the 23rd minute after a header from Taylor Regan rebounded off the far post and was bundled over the line for McGowan to header in from close range.
Then during stoppage time at the end of the first half, McGowan who is renowned for diving tackles, brought down Diego Castro in the box. After being awarded a contentious penalty, the Spaniard took the spot-kick, sending Eugene Galekovic the wrong way to level the score.
Castro had cut through Adelaide’s defence and near the by-line and after finding himself in a dead end, he theatrically fell under contact from the Reds defender.
Replays show a simulated act and from then on every time he touched the ball, the Adelaide crowd booed him.
The A-League will become the first top flight competition in world football to introduce the VAR, with with a test run taking place this coming weekend.
Lowe said after the match that he initially thought the decision was not a penalty but had a VAR been in place, the penalty would of still stood.
“From where I was it wasn’t but then looking back on the pod when I was on Fox, yeah it’s a pen,” he told reporters.
“And the boys that are doing video stuff upstairs, apparently said that if they had to go to video they wouldn’t have overturned the decision.
“I think the defender [Dylan McGowan] has put himself in a situation where he has gone to ground and he’s caught the player.
“So whether it’s a big cart or a little cart, it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, you don’t put yourself in that situation.”