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Messi denied by La Liga’s lack of technology




La Liga ’ s top -of-the -table clash between Valencia and Barcelona on Sunday was overshadowed by the league ’ s refusal to embrace goal line technology as Barca ’ s Lionel Messi was denied a clear opening goal.

Valencia goalkeeper Neto let the five-time World Player of the Year’ s effort slip between his legs in the 30 th minute and than tried in vain to scoop the ball to safety before it crossed the line.

However, to Messi’ s amazement neither the referee or his assistant signalled for the goal to stand.

Unlike in Europe ’ s other major leagues such as the Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A , La Liga president Javier Tebas has refused to introduce goal line technology due to concerns over cost.

It is not the first time Barca have paid the price for Tebas ’ s reluctance as they were also denied a clear goal in a 1-1 draw at Real Betis last season .

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