Barcelona Coach Xavi Cries Foul Over Controversial VAR Decision in El Clasico Loss

Barcelona coach Xavi claims injustice after controversial VAR decision denies goal in El Clasico loss to Real Madrid, reigniting debate over goal-line technology in La Liga.

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Barcelona Coach Xavi Cries Foul Over Controversial VAR Decision in El Clasico Loss

Barcelona Coach Xavi Cries Foul Over Controversial VAR Decision in El Clasico Loss

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez claimed injustice after a controversial VAR decision in their 3-2 El Clasico loss to Real Madrid on Sunday. In the 28th minute, Lamine Yamal's shot appeared to cross the goal line before being cleared by Real Madrid goalkeeper Andrey Lunin, but no goal was given due to the lack of goal-line technology in La Liga.

Replays showed the ball had fully crossed the line, but the VAR officials could not award the goal without the aid of technology. "Everyone saw it, the ball went in," Xavi said after the match. "It was a huge injustice. If La Liga wants to be the best league in the world, they need to implement this technology."

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen echoed his coach's frustration, calling the situation "embarrassing" and "a disgrace to see this in world football." La Liga remains the only top five European league that does not use goal-line technology, with league president Javier Tebas reportedly unwilling to pay the €3 million ($3.2M) cost to install the system.

Despite taking a 2-1 lead in the second half through goals from Andreas Christensen and Fermin Lopez, Barcelona ultimately lost the match after Real Madrid equalized twice through Vinicius Jr and Lucas Vazquez before Jude Bellingham scored a last-minute winner. The result effectively ends Barcelona's hopes of retaining the La Liga title, as they now trail league leaders Real Madrid by 11 points with six games remaining.

Why this matters: The controversial VAR decision in El Clasico has reignited the debate over the use of goal-line technology in La Liga. The incident could put pressure on the league to implement the technology, which is widely used in other top European leagues, to ensure fair and accurate officiating in high-stakes matches.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta expressed dissatisfaction with the VAR decision, stating that the club will request all footage and audio of the incident from the Spanish Football Federation. "If an error is confirmed, we will take all available measures to reverse the situation, including requesting a <a href="https://www.espn.com/soccer/story/_/id/39995401/barcelona-chief-demands-real-madrid-replay-var-error-found" target="_blank" rel="noop

Key Takeaways

  • Barcelona coach Xavi claims injustice over disallowed goal in El Clasico loss to Real Madrid.
  • Replays showed the ball crossed the line, but no goal was given due to lack of goal-line tech.
  • Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen calls the situation "embarrassing" and a "disgrace" in world football.
  • La Liga remains the only top 5 European league without goal-line technology, costing €3 million to install.
  • The result effectively ends Barcelona's hopes of retaining the La Liga title, trailing Real Madrid by 11 points.