Lionel Messi’s ‘ghost goal’ steals Spanish headlines
Madrid: Jordi Alba’s late strike rescued Barcelona a degree in a 1-1 draw with Valencia on Sunday which stored issues as they have been within the Spanish title race, however a Lionel Messi “aim” which wasn`t given dominated the headlines.
The Argentine ahead`s shot within the 30th minute was fumbled by Neto and the ball crossed the road earlier than the Valencia goalkeeper hooked it again and the sport continued.
Referee Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva and his assistants didn’t award the aim and Valencia performed on whereas Barcelona gamers celebrated the aim which might have put them 1-Zero up.
“Scandal,” learn the entrance web page of Mundo Deportivo on Monday, whereas Sport stated it was “a refereeing theft”.
La Liga is the one one of many massive 5 European leagues that doesn’t but use both video or goalline know-how to assist get the important thing selections proper.
Madrid`s newspapers Marca and AS each acknowledged the controversy and that the consequence means the race for La Liga remains to be on.
The draw leaves Barcelona 4 factors away from Valencia and eight forward of each Atletico Madrid and Actual Madrid.
Marca journalist Diego Pico wrote: “An enormous mistake from the refereeing staff which unleashes an previous controversy. Expertise is greater than needed, particularly for targets like this which aren`t even `ghost targets`.”
La Liga president Javier Tebas stated earlier in November that the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system can be launched subsequent season.
“Subsequent season there will likely be VAR in La Liga, definitely,” Tebas informed a information convention.
“We’re making plenty of progress in conferences about it proper now and will probably be prepared very quickly.”
Nonetheless, that’s too late for Barcelona, who suffered an equivalent downside earlier this yr, in a 1-1 draw with Actual Betis in January.
On that event, Jordi Alba`s shot crossed the road as Betis defender Aissa Mandi tried to clear it however referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez didn’t award it.
Barcelona completed three factors behind Actual Madrid within the 2016-17 season and that aim may have affected the end result of the title race.
“There will likely be a number of issues that VAR can`t clear up, however I hope that they might help with issues likes as we speak,” Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets stated.
“It is an evolution which we’d like. It`s one thing we’d like.”