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Pundit claims Barcelona ‘refused’ goal-line technology and complains now



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Journalist Tomas Roncero has sensationally claimed via El Chiringuito TV that Barcelona were not in favour of the goal-line technology in the first place.

He said when the topic was being discussed, Real Madrid wanted this technology to be used, but Barcelona were not having it.

“Real Madrid wanted goal technology, and Barcelona was in favour of not having it. Now don’t complain,” said Roncero.

Lack of technology favoured Real Madrid

During Sunday’s El Clasico, which Real Madrid won 3-2, Barcelona were denied an alleged goal after Lamine Yamal’s flick was cleared by Andriy Lunin. 

This stirred up a massive debate as Barcelona players wanted the referee to check the incident via VAR. Given the benefit of the doubt, Barcelona were left red-faced as no goal was awarded.

Tomas Roncero said Barcelona were against the idea of using goal-line technology.

Barcelona manager Xavi expressed frustration about the event, stating it was particularly unjust to his team, especially given the context of the game.

“This was unfair. It is very clear. Everyone saw it. I repeat, it was a huge injustice today,” he added later in the press conference,” said the manager during the post-match press conference.

Why is there no goal-line technology in La Liga?

La Liga has stated that the use of this technology is limited, making the substantial investment it would require unjustifiable. 

Implementing it in La Liga would necessitate a FIFA license costing over €2 million to cover all 380 matches in the Spanish First Division each season.

Expanding the use of this technology to the Spanish Second Division would add a significant cost, possibly more than doubling the expenses to over €4 million for the 420 games in that league.

Considering the circumstances, regardless of what happened, Barcelona have no one to blame as Roncero has clearly stated that they were against the idea of using this tech.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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