Watch: Lionel Messi Has Legitimate Goal Not Given Against Valencia
Barcelona players are absolutely fuming after a legitimate goal scored by Lionel Messi was not given in the top of the table clash with Valencia.
Around 30 minutes into the game, the ball dropped to the five-time Ballon d'Or winner outside the box and his first-time effort was spilled over the line by Valencia goalkeeper Neto.
Messi wheeled away in celebration, thinking he'd marked his recent contract extension with a goal.
However, Neto managed to convince the referee and his assistants that the whole of the ball hadn't crossed the line and clawed the ball. With goal-line technology not yet introduced in La Liga, unlike several leading leagues around the world, no goal was awarded and played continue, much to the anger of the visiting players.
Just a bit over the line, but with goal-line tech not a thing in Spain, Neto and Valencia were let off the hook big-time.
Here's how Twitter reacted:
Goal Line Technology needs to be introduced in La Liga. That was clear goal by Lionel Messi.
- El Gladiatorè (@SeriyaiofBrass) November 26, 2017
Lionel Messi shot crosses over the line of Valencia goal post but the referee calls for play on.
Goal line technology might be needed in LaLiga or VAR
- Busy Buddies :flag_ng::tm: (@thebusybuddies) November 26, 2017
Barcelona denied a clear goal. The ball was so far in! pic.twitter.com/Fbp55d2ImD
- Lionel Messi Stuff (@LMessiStuff) November 26, 2017
Lionel Messi is denied his 1st goal in 6 senior appearances when the officials fail to spot his shot had crossed the line pic.twitter.com/5xl92Ir7DF
- Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 26, 2017
This Lionel Messi strike was adjudged to have not crossed the line vs Valencia :flushed::flushed::flushed: pic.twitter.com/9Ot2ICoO1q
- 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) November 26, 2017
CLEAR GOAL. NOT GIVEN. WELCOME TO LA LIGA
- Leo Messi (@messi10stats) November 26, 2017
Messi scores. Not given. Fucking hell man. No goal-line technology needed here, definitely not.
- Jen Evelyn (@JenFCB) November 26, 2017
If the result doesn't go Barcelona's way, they will no doubt by incensed by the dreadful decision. Can you blame the officials that much though, when they don't have the luxury of technology or a video replay?
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