Spain to use video refs next year


January 31, 2017


The Spanish league is expected to be using video referees in 2018, its president said yesterday following widespread criticism of a mistake that cost Barcelona a goal at the weekend.

The league initially said it would not comment on the missed call in Barcelona's 1-1 draw at Real Betis on Sunday, but president Javier Tebas later told local media that video refereeing will be implemented as soon as it's fully approved by FIFA.

"We have always defended the use of technology in football, and in this case we believe that video referees is the most advanced option," Tebas said. "The tests are already under way. I believe that beginning in July 2018, if FIFA approves it, we will start using it."

Tebas said video referees would be favoured over the goal-line technology that is in place in other European leagues. He said systems such as Hawkeye were too expensive to be used only a few times each year.

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