Spain referees ask for help after VAR mistake in league game

MADRID (AP) — Spanish referees want VAR to be boosted by semi-automated offside technology after a video-review mistake in a league match between Cádiz and Elche. The referee’s technical committee made a request to the Spanish league on Tuesday in a statement released by the Spanish soccer federation. The move came after the Video Assistant Referee failed to spot an Elche player was in an offside position in the buildup to Elche’s 81st-minute equalizer at Cádiz on Monday. Cádiz coach Sergio González said referee Carlos del Cerro Grande apologized for the mistake. The Spanish league says it is up to the federation itself to implement the new technology if wanted.

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