sFollow the confusion in Pamplona. After Abde’s disallowed goal against Celta (the match ended 0-0), Osasuna issued a new statement in which they sent a letter to the Royal Spanish Federation and the Technical Committee of Referees “to formally request a review of both the technology supporting the arbitration panel and its application protocol.”
The club “asked the said organizations a clarification on the procedures used in disallowing the goal against Ez Abde in the match against Real Club Celta last Monday. In that communication, an audiovisual study was included, elaborated with three-dimensional technology by the architect D. Ignacio Tellado”.
This is the statement issued by Osasuna and signed by the director general of the Navarre entity, Francisco Canal:
“Dear Sirs President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, President of the Technical Committee of Referees and Director of the Video Refereeing System of the Technical Committee of Referees,
We are writing from Club Atlético Osasuna to request an in-depth analysis of the technological processes that support refereeing in Spanish football. Our entity defends the use of technology as a valid instrument to help arbitrators to fulfill their mission, to do justice, in the most efficient way possible. In any case, the application of these tools must be rigorous and at the level of a high-level competition such as LaLiga Santander.
Last Monday, March 6th, in the game against Real Club Celta de Vigo, our player Ez Abde had a goal disallowed due to an alleged positional impediment by his teammate Chimy Ávila. However, the image provided by VAR showed that the references taken from the Osasunista striker and the last Celtic defender were not similar, as the lines drawn came from different parts of the arms of both players.
We accompany this writing with a technical report in audiovisual format that is based on a geometric study in which three-dimensional technology was used. In view of this study, Chimy Ávila was in the right position and Ez Abde’s goal should have gone up on the scoreboard, with the consequent serious damage caused to Club Atlético Osasuna.
Anyway, this study also shows that the lines offered by the VAR were drawn incorrectly, which conditioned the referee’s decision to be accurate. This is the fact that focuses our concern, because what happens is not whether the arbitration decision favors or harms one club or another, but rather that the method used to draw the limits is inappropriate for a professional category and even for times we live in, in which technological progress is an almost daily constant. Likewise, we consider that the images that are offered by VAR to clubs and fans do not meet the quality standard required in a high-level competition.
Likewise, we would also like clarification on why Ez Abde’s goal required only 53 seconds of review, taking as reference the moment the ball crosses the goal line to the referee’s whistle with which he announces the decision to cancel it. The time spent is surprising in contrast to the time required the day before by VAR to nullify a goal by Kike Barja against Sevilla Fútbol Club, a review that then required 2 minutes and 52 seconds. Therefore, an explanation is needed as to how these two actions can require such disparate review times and whether this fact can in any way influence the obvious mistake made in drawing the offside lines in the disallowed goal for Ez Abde.
This wording is not intended to obtain any reparation or to generate a sterile conflict. It is also not the purpose of this letter to question the performance of the arbitration group, which we respect and believe should be assisted with the best possible instruments. In a constructive spirit, Club Atlético Osasuna requests the Royal Spanish Football Federation and the Technical Committee of Referees to carry out an in-depth analysis of both the technological system used and its application procedures.
It is unacceptable that in one of the best competitions in the world such as LaLiga Santander, a decision of an exclusively scientific nature, in which there is no room for interpretation or criteria, is not resolved correctly. It is inadmissible that an arbitration decision is determined by a deficient technology or a bad application of it. Errors such as those mentioned seriously question the use of the technology adopted, which must be infallible, facilitate the work of referees and contribute to arbitration decisions being as fair as possible with clubs and, therefore, with their fans.
Without another individual, we are waiting to receive a response.
Francisco Canal Fidalgo
Director General of Club Atlético Osasuna”.