VAR officially confirmed by La LigaNovember 16, 2017
President of Referees’ Technical Committee, Victoriano Sanchez Arminio, has confirmed that La Liga will be using VAR technology for next season.
Reports over recent months have linked La Liga to follow on from the likes of Serie A, Bundesliga and the Premier League by introducing VAR for the start of the 2018/2019 season.
Several incidents this season have emerged with the latest coming in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Malaga last month.
Lucas Digne’s supplied assist to Gerard Deulofeu to open the scoring was on replays – across the line before the French defender played the ball.
Whilst, several other incidents have called for a change and it is now confirmed that the technology will be used from the 2018/2019 season.
“VAR technology will help to solve the doubt of whether a goal is legitimate or not,” Sanchez Arminio said as quoted by Spanish daily Marca.
“This was also determine whether the ball has left the field of play or not or if an incident has incurred inside or outside the area.
“An official’s assessment and judgement will continue to have the final say.”
VAR is currently used for reviewing, goals, red cards, penalties and cases of mistaken identify has been tested well across world football, mainly in Australia and Brazil.
Negative responses from Italian football have emerged however, with Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri previously saying Serie A “will become like baseball in the United States, we stay 10 hours at the stadium eating peanuts”.
La Liga is currently the only one of Europe’s top five leagues not to even have goal-line technology, with the league claiming previously that it was to expensive to install and utilise.
Another claim for the delay was centred around disputes and relations between La Liga and the Spanish Football Association.