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LaLiga incidents where VAR would have made a difference

LaLiga have confirmed that season 2018/19 will bring with it the introduction of VAR so we asked our resident referee to see how this season could have been affected.

Moenchengladbach (Germany), 09/12/2017.- Referee Sascha Stegemann (L) looks at a replay of the video assistant referee (VAR) system during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and FC Schalke 04 at Borussia-Park in Moencheng

With the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee confirmed for next's seasons LaLiga, AS' resident referee, Iturralde González, had a look back over this campaign to date to see where differences would likely have been made. Far from an exhaustive list, here are a selection of key decisions that VAR would have been used in.


Result: Barcelona 2 - 1 Alavés
Incident: Luis Suarez kicks Duarte which if the referee sees it as violent conduct he would have been sent off.
VAR: would likely have informed ref of the perceived aggression and the referee would then decide.


Result: Valencia 1 - 1 Barça
Incident: Messi not awarded goal when ball was clearly over the line.
VAR: clear case to award goal

Result: Alavés 1 - 2 Barcelona
Incident: Wakaso takes down Messi inside the area. Penalty not given.
VAR: referee likely to be advised to review the play and decision made.

Result: Barça 4 - 0 Deportivo
Incident: Suárez shoots and the ball crosses the goal line, but Mateu Lahoz does not give the goal.
VAR: clear case to award goal

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Celta Vigo

Result: Celta 2 - 3 Real Sociedad
Incident: penalty awarded in 86th minute with score 2-2 after a foul from Celta's Jonny on Carlos Vela, but the infraction actually occurred outside the area.
VAR: would have corrected decision and a free-kick outside the area given.

Result: Espanyol 2 - 1 Celta
Incident: Gerard Moreno scores from an offside position.
VAR: clarification given and goal not given.

Deportivo La Coruña

Result: Levante 2 - 2 Deportivo
Incident: The equalising goal comes from a non-existent penalty on the Levante's Ivi.
VAR: would have likely corrected decision.

Result: Deportivo 1 - 2 Girona
Incident: Penalty given after Deportivo defender Albentosa on Kayode should not have been.
VAR: would have likely corrected decision.


Result: Athletic 0 - 0 Getafe
Incident: Fajr's free kick for Markel Bergara's header which was stopped by Kepa, but appeared to be inside the goal. Referee Melero López did not award the goal.
VAR: if clear from replays the goal would have been given but this is where goalline technology, not VAR, is required.

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Result: Málaga 0 - 2 Leganés
Incident: Gabriel Pires's goal for 0-1 could have been ruled off for offside in the build-up.
VAR: would have likely corrected decision.


Result: Valencia 3 - 1 Levante
Incident: with the score at 1-1, a goal by Coke was ruled out when he had not pushed anyone, but rather Paulista on his Valencian teammate Gayà.
VAR: would have likely corrected decision.


Result: Girona 1 - 0 Málaga
Incident: Málaga claimed offside in the build-up to the goal, scored by Alcalá.
VAR: would have likely corrected decision.

Result: Valencia 5 - 0 Málaga
Incident: Santi Mina's offside call on Zaza's goal play.
VAR: would have likely corrected decision.

Result: Barça 2 - 0 Málaga
Incident: Deulofeu's headed goal in the first minute was from a Digne cross where the ball had run out of play and clearly crossed the line.
VAR: would have likely corrected decision.

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Real Madrid

Result: Getafe 1 - 2 Real Madrid
Incident: Getafe equalised with Nacho's own goal, but Jorge Molina was in an offside position.
VAR: would have likely corrected decision.

Result: Girona 2 - 1 Real Madrid
Incident: Stuani's shot was saved by Casilla and then finished off by Portu to make it 2-1 but he had been in an offside position.
VAR: would have likely corrected decision.


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