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La Liga to make referee and VAR communications public from January

A big move

Getafe CF v FC Barcelona - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

La Liga confirmed on Tuesday that referee and VAR communications will be made public from January.

The new initiative will be implemented initially in the Spanish Super Cup and will then be implemented in La Liga from matchday 20.

“The RFEF and LaLiga have agreed to start publishing the images and audio of the conversations between the on-field referee and the VAR officials following a VAR review and the use of the pitchside monitor. These will be released exclusively through the official media channels and only after the end of the matchday.

“This initiative marks a new level of collaboration and joint work between the RFEF and the CTA and LaLiga, with the aim of making refereeing in professional football and the competitions themselves more transparent.

“In this sense, with the broadcasting of the images and audios after the end of each competition day (Saturday, Sunday and Monday), the fans’ experience will be improved and a better understanding of the refereeing decisions will be appreciated by the viewers, thus improving the competitions as a whole.”

The move comes after a season where there’s once again been plenty of controversy over refereeing decisions in the Spanish top flight.

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