El Clasico: Questions raised over absence of goal-line technology in La Liga after controversial moment

Yamal’s flick in the 28th minute seemed to have crossed the line but with the absence of goal-line technology, the referee could not be certain. In the end, VAR cancelled the goal.

Published : Apr 22, 2024 01:48 IST - 1 MIN READ

FC Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal reacts REUTERS/Susana Vera
FC Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal reacts REUTERS/Susana Vera | Photo Credit: SUSANA VERA

FC Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal reacts REUTERS/Susana Vera | Photo Credit: SUSANA VERA

Questions will once again be raised on La Liga’s decision not to have goal-line technology after a controversial moment in the season’s final El Clasico match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

In the 28th minute of the clash, Yamine Lamal flicked Raphinha’s corner towards the goal. It seemed like the entire ball had gone over the line before Madrid keeper Andriy Lunin parried the ball away from danger.

While Barcelona players appealed for a goal, the match officials seemed unsure of the outcome.

The decision was referred to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), who after many replays over more than two minutes, concluded that the ball hadn’t completely crossed the line.


According to reports, La Liga does not have the technology as President Javier Tebas is unwilling to pay the 2.6 million pounds fee required to make the necessary changes.

The technology is used in the top division leagues in England (Premier League), Germany (the Bundesliga), Italy (Serie A) and France (Ligue 1), while also being used in the Netherlands (Eredivisie) and the English second-tier league, the Championship.

Spain is the only country which has not adopted the goal-line tech which was first introduced in the 2013-14 season in England, partly inspired by Frank Lampard’s ‘ghost goal’ in England’s defeat to Germany in the 2010 World Cup.

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