La Liga is set to become the latest major football league to introduce video assistant referees (VAR) to assist officials during matches.
Juan Luis Larrea, the interim president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has revealed that VAR will be in place in La Liga for the start of the 2018-19 season.
Larrea told Spanish radio station Cadena SER: “For next season. That is our intention… technology is now coming into football and you have to accept it.”
The technology is already in place in the German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, Portuguese Primeira Liga and North America’s Major League Soccer.
The VAR system will be used for incidents such as goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity. Leagues that use the extra technology feature a fifth match official who studies video footage of an incident before a decision is reached by the referee.
VARs were used during this summer’s Fifa Confederations Cup national team event in Russia and were also utilised during last year’s Fifa Club World Cup in Japan.