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Clear Messi goal not given against Valencia

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Clear Messi goal not given against Valencia

Clear Messi goal not given against Valencia

For resident AS referee Iturralde González, Messi's goal against Valencia was "absolutely clear", and the referees should have spotted it was over the line.

Controversy in the Valencia v Barcelona match, when in the 29th minute Messi hit a long range shot which Neto, with a terrible fumble, allowed to get behind him and bounce over the line. The referee and his assistant referee failed to spot the ball had gone well over the line and waved play on as the keeper scrambled the ball away from behind the goal-line. Valencia nearly scored on the following counter-attack as the Barcelona fans protested, in vain, to the officials.

Clear goal for Messi... but no Goal Line Technology

According to AS resident referee, Iturralde González, it was a clear goal, but said he blamed LaLiga for not employing Goal Line Technology. "It's a clear goal, but the blame has to lie with LaLiga for not spending the money on hawk-eye. And then they tell you it's the best league in the world".

Barcelona suffered a similar situation last year in the Benito Villamarin with a goal from Luis Suárez which wasn't given.

Sergio Roberto reacted on Twitter.

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