La Liga to follow in Bundesliga, Serie A's footsteps and implement VAR system from next season

Currently, La Liga is the only one of Europe's five major leagues not to use technology of any sort, not even to decide if a ball has crossed the goal line.

AFP November 16, 2017 12:24:53 IST
La Liga to follow in Bundesliga, Serie A's footsteps and implement VAR system from next season

Spain's La Liga will use the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system next season, the country's football federation (RFEF) confirmed on Wednesday.

"The president of La Liga referees' technical commission, Victoriano Sanchez Arminio, has informed all first division referees and assistant referees that video refereeing will be introduced to next season's championship," the RFEF said.

La Liga to follow in Bundesliga Serie As footsteps and implement VAR system from next season

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Sanchez Arminio said in a letter to La Liga referees that "the tests required by the International Football Association Board (the guardians of the game's rules) to implement the system will soon begin".

La Liga president Javier Tebas had revealed on Tuesday that VAR would be used from 2018/2019, as it has been in Italy and Germany this season.

It can only be used under specific conditions: in the awarding of a red card, a penalty or to correct a case of mistaken identity for a carded player.

Currently, La Liga is the only one of Europe's five major leagues — the others being Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 — not to use technology of any sort, not even to decide if a ball has crossed the goal line.

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