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Atletico Madrid versus Elche will not feature VAR

The Copa del Rey tie featuring Atletico Madrid and Elche this week will not feature the use of video technology, despite claims it would be tested.

Reports had claimed that VAR would be used at the Wanda Metropolitano this week, but Spanish daily Marca now claim that this it not the case.

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 Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Malaga last month and the 1-1 draw with Valencia being centre to the talk.

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 in the Barca – Malaga fixture.

Whilst, Lionel Messi had a goal ruled out in Sunday evening’s game against Los Che at the Mestalla.

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.

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