La Liga to introduce VAR next season

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Spanish top flight president Javier Tebas confirmed Tuesday plans to implement video assistant referees (VAR) next season.

La Liga is the only one of Europe's five major leagues yet to introduce goal-line technology, and according to Tebas, the league is set to address that shortcoming whilst also introducing VAR.

"Next season there will be VAR in La Liga, without a doubt," Tebas said, courtesy of Sky Sports. "We are making lots of progress in meetings about it right now and it will be ready very soon."

VAR can be used to determine goals, penalties, red cards, and cases of mistaken identity where a match official penalises the wrong player for an offence.

The video review technology is already being employed in the German Bundesliga, Italy's Serie A, and the Primeira League in Portugal, and the English Football Association plans to implement it for a selection of League Cup third-round matches and in the latter stages of the tournament.

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino has also expressed an interest, telling reporters in July: "Nothing is standing in the way of using VARs (at the World Cup), as far as I'm concerned."