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LaLiga urged to use semi-automated offside technology after VAR error

LaLiga has been urged by Spain’s Technical Referees Committee (CTA) to implement the semi-automatic offside tool after VAR failed to rule out an offside goal in Monday’s match between Cadiz and Elche.

Bottom of the league Elche salvaged a late point for Cadiz, who are also in the relegation zone, thanks to Ezequiel Ponce’s 81st-minute header.

Ponce also played a part in the run up to the goal and replays showed his first involvement came when he was offside.

As such, the goal should have been disallowed, but VAR did not bring it to the attention of referee Carlos del Cerro Grande.

The CTA recognized the mistake before offering LaLiga a way to prevent such incidents from happening again.

“Putting an end to human error is not possible, but it is possible in offside (decisions) if the semi-automated tool is used,” read a statement.

“For this reason, we invite (LaLiga) to implement the semi-automatic offside technology following the experience carried out by the RFEF (Royal Spanish Football Federation) in the recent Spanish Super Cup, avoiding any kind of failure in decision-making regarding this game action through enabling a number of warnings that make the tool infallible.

“In this sense, we announce from the CTA that we will resume talks with (LaLiga). Spanish football deserves to continue to grow in a pioneering context to avoid situations that can be corrected with the use of technology.

“The semi-automatic offside will also be carried out in the Copa del Rey final, as the implementation of this technology can only be carried out in the First Division Champions League stadiums and not in the rest of the first and second divisions.

“The CTA has already taken the strictest internal disciplinary action (against the officials involved) which will affect some appointments already announced.”

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