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La Liga to introduce video referees from 2018

MADRID: Video referees are expected to be used in Spanish soccer by the 2018-19 season when they are fully approved by FIFA, La Liga president Javier Tebas has said. Tebas was speaking after Sunday's 1-1 draw between Barcelona and Real Betis, a game in which champions Barca appeared to have been denied a clear goal. Video replays showed that after Betis' Cristiano Piccini diverted Aleix Vidal's pass towards goal the ball crossed the line by around a metre before defender Aissi Mandi slid in and scrambled the it away.…

FIFA boss wants video referees at 2018 World Cup

YOKOHAMA: FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopes to see video referees used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia -- if its teething problems have been fixed in time. Colombia's Atletico Nacional slammed the new video assistant referee (VAR) technology being trialled at the Club World Cup in Japan after the first-ever penalty awarded under the system helped knock them out midweek. Real Madrid were also lukewarm after confusion around a Cristiano Ronaldo goal in another game, but Infantino promised FIFA would iron out the…