La Liga To Introduce VAR Next Season

Javier Tebas, the Spanish La Liga President, on Tuesday, said the league body will introduce Video Assistant Referees, VAR, next season.
“Next season there will be VAR in La Liga, without a doubt.
“We are making lots of progress in meetings about it right now and it will be ready very soon,” Tebas said at a news conference in Madrid.
La Liga resolved to adopt the technology following controversial incidences in the league so far this season. Though strangely, it is the only one among the five major leagues in Europe to shun the use of goal-line technology.
Tebas had 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 Spanish Football Federation, RFEF, for the slow progress in introducing VAR.
Tebas had an unworkable relationship with Angel Maria Villar, the former president of the RFEF, who was removed from the role following an anti-corruption investigation by the Spanish police.
Juan Larrea, Villar’s successor, supports adopting the technology and last month, said VAR would be in use in La Liga from the first week of the 2018-19 campaign.
Last season, Barcelona were not awarded a goal in spite of television replays showing the ball had crossed the line during a 1-1 draw with Real Betis.
In two other separate incidences this season on the opening day, Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet’s goal against Espanyol was allowed to stand, in spite of replays confirming the ball had not crossed the line. Also, 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 would be tested out in a King’s Cup game between Atletico Madrid and Elche on November 29.
The technology is already used in the top flight leagues in Germany, Italy and Portugal, while FIFA president Gianni Infantino, has expressed his support for introducing it at the 2018 World Cup.
VAR was first introduced by FIFA at this year’s Confederation’s cup in Russia, though not without debates over the time it takes referees to review controversial moments at the tournament.
Ashaolu Oluwafemi
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