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La Liga referees set to be highest paid in Europe

Referees in La Liga are set to be the best paid in Europe from next season after a new agreement was reached.

LaLiga are to take on social security costs as part of the new agreement, which will see a top-flight referee earn between €193,000 and €296,423.

Along with the introduction of VAR into LaLiga, first division referees are set to see their pay cheques rise by more than double (53%) whilst their assistants are set to see a 61% pay rise. These figures are quoted to be reached by the completion of the 2022/2023 season.

For referees in LaLiga Segunda, the rise continues with 67% and 82% respectively for referees and assistants, as the Spanish board sets to make technological integrations into its game.

A breakdown of all these numbers is that a Video Assistant Referee will earn a fee of €1,600 whilst his assistant will get €800.

Other stipulations are that LaLiga will pay for the sponsorship of the official’s shirts, which is valued at €3 million and will be shared out. This comes after their plan to help referee’s stay involved after retirement and help get more people choosing to become referees.

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