Video ref­er­ees set to be used in Spain

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The Primera Liga plan to in­tro­duce video as­sis­tant ref­er­ees (VAR) next sea­son, the league’s pres­i­dent Javier Te­bas said yes­ter­day.

Spain’s top flight is the only one of Europe’s top five leagues which had shunned the use of goalline tech­nol­ogy, much to the frus­tra­tion of the teams.

While the only use of goalline tech­nol­ogy is to de­ter­mine whether the ball has com­pletely crossed the goalline, VAR can be used to de­ter­mine goals, red cards, penal­ties as well as cases of mis­taken iden­tity.

Last sea­son Barcelona were not awarded a goal de­spite tele­vi­sion re­plays show­ing the ball had crossed the line dur­ing a 1-1 draw with Real Betis.

“Next sea­son there will be VAR in La Liga, with­out a doubt,” Te­bas said at a news con­fer­ence in Madrid.

“We are mak­ing lots of progress in meet­ings about it right now and it will be ready very soon.”

On the open­ing day of this sea­son, two other in­ci­dents also high­lighted the need to in­tro­duce the tech­nol­ogy.

Sevilla de­fender Cle­ment Len­glet’s goal against Es­panyol was al­lowed to stand de­spite re­plays con­firm­ing the ball had not crossed the line, while Getafe were de­nied a goal against Ath­letic Bil­bao even though Jorge Molina’s strike ap­peared to have gone over the line.

Span­ish news­pa­per Marca re­ported on Sun­day that the tech­nol­ogy will be tested out in a Copa del Rey game be­tween Atletico Madrid and Elche on Novem­ber 29, al­though the Span­ish soc­cer fed­er­a­tion (RFEF) could not con­firm whether or not the trial would take place yes­ter­day.

Te­bas has pre­vi­ously said that goal-line tech­nol­ogy was too ex­pen­sive to im­ple­ment in Spain. He also blamed a lack of syn­ergy be­tween his or­gan­i­sa­tion and the RFEF for the slow progress in in­tro­duc­ing VAR.

Te­bas had a frosty re­la­tion­ship with An­gel Maria Vil­lar, the for­mer pres­i­dent of the RFEF who was re­moved from the role fol­low­ing a anti-cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Span­ish po­lice.

Vil­lar’s suc­ces­sor, Juan Luis Lar­rea, is in favour of bring­ing in the tech­nol­ogy.

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