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Why was goal-line technology not working in Real Madrid vs Barcelona El Clasico?

La Liga’s choice to forgo goal-line technology will come under scrutiny once more following a contentious incident in the season’s final El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Barcelona Goal Cancelled Out Due to Absence of goal-line Technology

After the match, in the 28th minute, Yamine Lamal headed Raphinha’s corner goalward. Before Madrid custodian Andriy Lunin parried the ball out of danger, it appeared as though the entire ball had crossed the line.

The players from Barcelona pleaded for a goal, but the referees appeared uncertain about the result.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR), who reviewed the footage for over two minutes, determined that the ball had not crossed the line entirely.

Although Yamal’s flick appeared to have crossed the line the referee was unable to confirm it due to the lack of goal-line technology. Ultimately, the goal was cancelled by VAR.

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A Major Concern for La Liga

The absence of goal-line technology in La Liga has once again come under scrutiny, particularly as it stands in stark contrast to other top-tier leagues such as the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1, all of which utilize the technology.

Even second-tier leagues like the Championship in England have adopted it.

Reports suggest that La Liga’s reluctance to implement goal-line technology stems from the financial aspect, with President Javier Tebas reportedly unwilling to allocate the required £2.6 million for the necessary changes.

This decision leaves Spain as the only major footballing nation without goal-line technology, despite its introduction in other leagues since the 2013-14 season, partly prompted by infamous incidents like Frank Lampard’s ‘ghost goal’ during England’s 2010 World Cup defeat to Germany.