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La Liga: Video referees from next season

The Spanish top-flight is planning to introduce video assistant referees (VAR) from next season

The league’s president Javier Tebas confirmed on Tuesday that Spain will introduce the VAR system from the beginning of next season.

According to Sky Sports, Spain’s top flight is the only one of Europe’s top five leagues which has so far shunned the use of goal-line technology, much to the frustration of the teams.

But the main difference between the goal-line technology and the VAR system is with the latter referees can get help in deciding not only about goals, but about penalties and red cards as well.

One of the most famous incidents that could have been avoided with the usage of VAR or goal-line technology was when FC Barcelona weren’t awarded a goal against Real Betis in a game that ended 1-1.

That game was broadcasted on television, and replays showed the ball crossing the line.

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

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

There were two more situations on the opening day of this season which proved how useful such technology would be.

Getafe were denied a goal when Jorge Molina seemingly scored against Athletic Bilbao, and Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet’s goal could stand against Espanyol, despite replays showing the referees’ mistakes.

Around 20 countries are currently taking part in experiments involving the use of VARs, Sky Sports continues.

As far as England is concerned, the Football Association intends to use VAR systems in a few games from the FA Cup third round in January and later in the EFL Cup.

Top leagues of Germany, Portugal and Italy are all using VARs, while FIFA is about to introduce its use at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.