MADRID ( Associated Press) — Spanish soccer referees have sought to reinforce video refereeing with the application of semi-automatic offside technology after a VAR failure in the league’s match between Cadiz and Elche.
The technical committee of referees submitted a request to the league in a statement released on Tuesday by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. The reaction after VAR could not detect that an Elche player was clearly forward in the play that the team scored in the 81st minute to earn a draw in Cádiz on Monday.
A 1-1 draw could be crucial at the end of the season as both clubs find themselves in the relegation zone.
The league responded that the federation is responsible for the application of the new technology, adding that the tournament does not have any power over referee decisions.
La Liga pointed to the referees and the federation, saying “far from taking responsibility or apologizing, they try to shift the blame onto an organization that is completely unrelated to the referee’s decision-making.”
Cadiz coach Sergio Gonzalez said that referee Carlos del Cerro Grande spoke to him after the game and apologized for the mistake.
Meanwhile, Cadiz president Manuel Vizcaino told Radio Marca on Tuesday that the apology was of no use to his club.
“It’s been a night where it’s been hard to sleep,” Vizcaino said. “The VAR system is a pending issue which the RFEF president gives less importance than other things. There is no way for my team to compensate now, I hope this does not happen with the next team.
“We have had two reprehensible decisions in the last two home games,” he said. For a team like Cádiz, four points mean a lot.
The automatic offside technology was used by the federation in the Spanish Super Cup, which Barcelona won by beating Real Madrid in the final on Sunday.