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Rodrigo backs officials after Messi’s ruled out goal

Valencia striker Rodrigo has called for officials not take the blame over goal-line technology issues after seeing Lionel Messi’s strike on Sunday evening ruled out.

The Spanish international scored during the Sunday evening clash with Barcelona to give his side the lead but Barca felt they should of been in front after Messi’s strike was thumbled by keeper Neto and went over the line.

Messi and Barca players surrounded the referee and his officials during the incident, but the goal did not stand and VAR technology has now been discussed heavily.

“It is clear from the TV images that the ball crossed the line,” Rodrigo told Onda Cero.

“Nobody can argue with that, but the officials have a tough job and they can’t always see everything that goes on in a game.

“They need as much help as they can get and any technology that they can receive to strengthen calls is worth having – for instance, in my position I had no idea if that was a goal or not.”

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.

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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