KELVIN Mellor would hate to see VAR ever filter down into the lower divisions.

The defender felt hard done by with the penalty call given against him at Scunthorpe – and reckons some refereeing decisions so far this season have been “embarrassing”.

But he would still rather have that then trial by television like the Premier League.

Mellor said: “There might be human error but VAR’s a bit too much at times.

“They scrutinise every angle of whatever happens and you can’t do that in League Two.

“But VAR is too much stopping and starting. The refs are paid to do a job at the end of the day and should be 99.9 per cent sure when they give a decision."

Mellor was penalised for hand ball in last week’s 1-1 draw after he threw himself in the way of a shot from Scunthorpe striker Jamie Ward.

The right back thought referee Rob Lewis was harsh to award the spot-kick, although the video evidence made it look worse.

Mellor added: “I felt like I let the team down. It wasn’t intentional, although it looked like that on the video.

“I didn’t feel it was a penalty at the time. My arm was behind me but the angle of the video doesn’t do that justice.

“It makes it look a bit more deliberate than it was.

“But when he kicks the ball, you see my face and it’s not looking at the ball.

“Therefore, I’m not deliberately lifting my arm out to impact the shot – I just throw my body at the ball.”

City feel they have suffered from several disputed calls in the opening two months of the League Two campaign and Mellor admits it can be tough to bite your tongue.

“Some of the decisions that get given against us are embarrassing,” he said. “But you’ve got to get it out of your system quickly.

“I think there were 28 different rules brought in and some of the decisions you just think, ‘wow’.

“There have been some odd ones, shall we say, and it can be difficult at times to get over them.

“Obviously, you can’t surround the refs anymore as well. They really are well defended now.

“It is frustrating but you’ve just got to take it on the chin and get on with it.

“You can get tied up with it. You just have to let it go and hope that they don’t have to make another decision against you.”