Barcelona missed the chance to go top of La Liga on Sunday after being held to a 1-1 draw by Real Betis, but they will be left furious with this decision.
Alex Alegria gave the hosts the lead in the second half, and Barca thought that they had found an equaliser through Andre Gomes.
Despite their protests, the goal wasn’t awarded and with no goal-line technology in Spain, there was no referral to determine whether or not it had crossed the line.
Replays showed that it did, and by some distance, which will leave the club incensed even though Luis Suarez was able to find a late equaliser to grab a share of the spoils.
The result leaves the Catalan giants a point behind Real Madrid, although their rivals have two games in hand and will look to make the most of this slip-up and bounce back from their own recent disappointments.
Nevertheless, this is surely not the last that we’ve heard about this incident, as Barca will be rightly aggrieved and ultimately, these two dropped points could come back to haunt them later in the season in what looks likely to be a tight title race.
— Ààrjû?Làl?RG (@Lm10Rg) January 29, 2017
Think it's time for goal-line technology in La Liga pic.twitter.com/r4VQCEY9xv
— Arsène's Son (@hughwizzy) January 29, 2017
Big debate about goal line technology and so on but in truth it shouldn't have needed technology to see that first one
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) January 29, 2017
Shades of Pedro Mendes at Old Trafford in that Barcelona non-goal…
— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) January 29, 2017
Barca staff quietly removing social media-linked devices from Pique locker after goal not given despite ball a good yard over line.
— Tim Stannard (@LaLigaLoca) January 29, 2017
FT Betis 1-1 Barca. Barca will be angry about disallowed goal, but on balance a point was all they deserved after poor showing.
— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) January 29, 2017
Irrespective of the goal line decision why did Barcelona wait until a goal down against Betis to start playing with any real urgency?
— Terry Gibson (@TerryGibson88) January 29, 2017