Tue 17 January 2023 | 16:34

CTA urges La Liga to use the semi-automated tool after VAR scandal

After VAR missed an offside leading to a goal in Monday's game between Cadiz and Elche, Spain's Technical Committee of Referees (CTA) urges La Liga to use the semi-automated offside tool.




rescued a late point from their survival rivals, Cadiz, thanks to 

Ezequiel Ponce

's 81st-minute header.

Although replays showed his initial involvement in the build-up was offside, 


failed to bring it to the attention of referee Carlos del Cerro Grande. The CTA recognized the error and they offer La Liga to prevent such incidents by using semi-automated technology.


Putting an end to human error is not possible, but it is possible in offside [decisions] if the semi-automatic tool is applied,

" a statement read.

"For this reason, we invite [LaLiga] to implement the semi-automatic offside technology after the experience carried out by the RFEF [Royal Spanish Football Federation] in the last Spanish Super Cup, which avoids any type of failure in decision-making regarding this game action through the activation of a series of alerts that makes the tool infallible.

"In this sense, from the CTA we announce we will resume talks with [LaLiga]. Spanish football deserves to continue growing in a cutting-edge context to avoid situations that can be corrected with the application of technology.

"The semi-automatic offside will also be carried out in the Copa del Rey final, since 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 division.

"The CTA has already taken the strictest internal disciplinary measures [against the officials involved] that will affect some already announced designations."



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