Messi denied by La Liga's lack of technology

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File: Argentina's Lionel Messi.

File: Argentina's Lionel Messi.

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File: Argentina's Lionel Messi.

File: Argentina's Lionel Messi.

VALENCIA - La Liga&39;s top-of-the-table clash between Valencia and Barcelona on Sunday was overshadowed by the league&39;s refusal to embrace goal-line technology as Barca&39;s Lionel Messi was denied a clear opening goal.

Valencia goalkeeper Neto let the five-time World Player of the Year&39;s effort slip between his legs in the 30th minute and then tried in vain to scoop the ball to safety before it crossed the line.

However, to Messi&39;s amazement, neither the referee or his assistant signalled for the goal to stand.

Unlike in Europe&39;s other major leagues such as the Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A, La Liga president Javier Tebas has refused to introduce goal-line technology due to concerns over cost.

It is not the first time Barca have paid the price for Tebas&39;s reluctance as they were also denied a clear goal in a 1-1 draw at Real Betis last season.