Barcelona player expressed anger due to La Liga’s lack of goal-line technology

In a post-match speech, Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen criticized La Liga for not implementing goal-line technology after Barca was denied a goal in the early hours of April 22nd during the El Clasico at Bernabeu. The Catalan team lost 3-2 due to a 91st-minute goal by Jude Bellingham, effectively ending their championship aspirations as they fell 11 points behind Real Madrid with only six matches remaining. However, the outcome of the 256th El Clasico might have been different if the referee had not disallowed a Barcelona goal in the first half.

At the 28th minute, Lamine Yamal skillfully back-heeled the ball, which appeared to cross the line before goalkeeper Andriy Lunin could intervene. Ilkay Gundogan, having played seven years in the Premier League, immediately questioned referee Soto Grado whether his watch had vibrated, forgetting that La Liga does not use goal-line technology.

Barcelona player expressed anger due to La Liga's lack of goal-line technology

Post-game, goalkeeper Ter Stegen expressed his disappointment, stating, “I am at a loss for words. Not counting that goal is a disgrace to football. They have so much money, yet they don’t spend it on what’s most crucial.”

Coach Xavi shared Ter Stegen’s sentiments, remarking, “When preparing for the match, you asked me about the referee, and I just hoped he wouldn’t become the center of attention and would handle everything smoothly. Well, that didn’t happen. It’s disappointing that La Liga wants to be the strongest league in the world but lacks goal-line technology, which is incredibly unfair.”

On the other side, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was elated, having beaten Manchester City on penalties mid-week to reach the Champions League semifinals, followed by the victory in El Clasico. He said, “We managed the match situations well, turned the game around twice, and proved our capabilities in the final bursts of energy. It’s been an unforgettable week, and we’ve emerged victorious. With the season nearing its end, we are in a favorable position. I believe we will have a successful season, and the titles are getting closer.”