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English Championship beats LaLiga to goal-line technology

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English Championship beats LaLiga to goal-line technology

English Championship beats LaLiga to goal-line technology

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Real Madrid, Barcelona and the rest of LaLiga will see the introduction of the technology next season, but only if they're watching teams in the second tier of English football.

Not just the top leagues taking the leap

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are unable to benefit from goal-line technology but the likes of Barnsley and Brentford will after the English Football League (EFL) agreed in principle to introduce it to the Championship next season.

There have been growing calls for the system to be rolled out in Spain's top flight, particularly after Barcelona were denied a clear goal away to Real Betis last month.

The president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, has previously expressed a willingness to consider adopting the technology but claims it is too expensive to implement throughout the league, while the Royal Spanish Football Federation must also agree to its introduction. 

Spain holding back

Spain's intransigence will not stop England's second tier from following the example of the Premier League, though, pending approval at the EFL's annual general meeting in June. LaLiga's players may be among the best in the world, but it is clear Spain has some catching up to do when it comes to off-field innovation.

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