Tebas confident of VAR Technology next seasonNovember 20, 2017
La Liga President Javier Tebas has spoken about reports that VAR technology will be used for the first time in Spain next season.
President of Referees’ Technical Committee, Victoriano Sanchez Arminio, seemingly confirmed last week 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 Tebas has now spoken of the news that the technology will be used from the 2018/2019 season.
“Spanish football must not be allowed to fall behind on football technology,” Tebas is quoted as saying by Marca.
“This is an issue which unfortunately is not in my hands and that is why we have not implemented VAR, which is such an important issue.
“Hopefully it will be used, I will certainly give my support to it and my prediction is it will be used.”
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.