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SC East Bengal coach Robbie Fowler wants VAR in ISL

Robbie Fowler was critical of the Indian players in his squad after the last game. Faheem Hussain / Sportzpics for ISL

Unhappy with what he called some "blatant" refereeing decisions against his side, SC East Bengal head coach Robbie Fowler has called for the introduction of video assistant referral (VAR) in the Indian Super League.

SC East Bengal suffered their third defeat on the trot on Saturday, going down to NorthEast United 0-2, and Fowler claimed that two refereeing decisions went against his side.

"I thought the decisions (of not giving penalties) were blatant. Certainly the first one in the first half was clear-cut. The second one, for me, was clear cut as well," Fowler said.

The first incident came in the 20th minute when Jacques Maghoma, after taking a touch in the box, was tripped by NorthEast United FC's Ashutosh Mehta but the referee waved play on. The second came at the hour mark, when Anthony Pilkington's shot at goal seemed to have brushed a NEUFC defender's arm before being parried by the keeper.

"Referees might need a bit of help, I know they are doing a tough job. When you get two blatant penalties wrong like that, it is tough to take for a manager. I'm going to say 'yes' (for VAR)," Fowler said.

Fowler did, though, admit that he was "not a huge fan of VAR". "I think it slows the game at times," he said.

Fowler also came down heavily on their defence especially in the closing stages when they conceded a sloppy goal from NEUFC substitute Rochharzela. "Sometimes it is schoolboy football (while defending). Probably our worst performance so far, we have lacked dynamics but we hope to get it right," he said. "When you are a professional footballer, you need to realise what's at stake. We will work on that on the training pitch."

Yet to open their account, bottom-placed SCEB will next face Jamshedpur FC on December 10.