Barcelona robbed of clear goal during draw with Real Betis

La Liga’s lack of goal-line technology costs Barca points

Barcelona had a clear goal disallowed late in their 1–1 draw with Real Betis, renewing calls to bring goal-line technology to La Liga. Real Betis shocked the visitors by taking a 75th-minute lead. Even more shocking, however, was when Barca appeared to equalize, but the referee failed to recognize that Aissa Mandi’s clearance was made well inside the goal.

Luis Suarez eventually scored an equalizer that did count in the 90th minute, but Barca will be left to wonder what could have been as they sit four points behind a suddenly unstable Real Madrid in the table.

Unlike the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1, La Liga does not have goal-line technology, as league president Javier Tebas claims it’s too expensive. After this, Barca might offer to foot the bill for the entire league just to avoid falling victim to the referee’s human failings again. Maybe some Barca players can pool their unpaid tax money to make that happen.