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Barcelona president Joan Laporta says Sunday’s Clásico defeat to Actual Madrid ought to be replayed whether it is confirmed a VAR error led to Lamine Yamal‘s objective not being awarded on the Bernabéu.

Yamal’s effort was hooked away by Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin at 1-1 within the first half and with no goal-line know-how in LaLiga, VAR dominated that the shot didn’t cross the road.

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“There have been a number of debatable incidents within the match, however amongst all of them there’s one that’s essential and might change the results of the sport,” Laporta mentioned in an announcement on Monday.

“I’m referring to the ‘phantom objective’ by Lamine Yamal. As a membership, we wish to be certain about what occurred. It’s for that motive we are going to make an instantaneous request for a complete assortment of footage and audio from the incident.

“If as soon as this documentation has been analysed, the membership understands that an error was made within the revision of the incident, we are going to take all accessible measures to reverse the scenario, with out discounting, clearly, any vital authorized motion.

“Whether it is confirmed that it was a authorized objective, we are going to transfer forward and request that the sport be replayed, simply as has occurred in one other sport in Europe as a consequence of a VAR error.”

A match within the prime tier of Belgian soccer between Anderlecht and Genk was set to be replayed in full earlier this season after a VAR error led to a misapplication of the legal guidelines of the sport. Nonetheless, the Belgian Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport overturned the choice and the sport was not replayed.

In any case, the circumstances of the VAR resolution in that occasion had been associated to encroachment earlier than a penalty kick was taken, not a ghost objective.

In Spain, in the meantime, a choose dominated final yr that VAR had not supplied the referee all of the doable photographs of a objective that was given to Atlético Madrid of their 3-3 draw in opposition to Espanyol, who had been in the end relegated.

Antoine Griezmann’s objective was allowed to face, however different footage which was accessible to the VAR and appeared to point out the ball had not crossed the road was not proven to the match official.

Laporta additionally mentioned there have been “varied different incidents” throughout the sport that Barça disagreed with and “might have been reviewed by VAR.”

Barça coach Xavi Hernández and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen each labelled the lack of goal-line know-how in Spain as “embarrassing” after the defeat.

Xavi additionally mentioned that for the reason that first sport of the season, away at Getafe, he feels that each important resolution has gone in opposition to Barça, who look set to relinquish their LaLiga title to Madrid within the coming weeks.

Laporta took the same view, including: “We’re pressured into [this action] after having suffered varied incidents on the pitch which have broken us and others which have benefitted our rival.

“Added collectively, these incidents mirror the distinction in factors that there’s on the prime of the desk in LaLiga.”

Laporta’s assertion has been met with “astonishment” and “shock” by Madrid, in keeping with a supply, who provides Los Blancos consider the Barça president is simply occurring the assault to appease supporters.

Info from ESPN’s Rodrigo Faez contributed to this report.