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Hawk-Eye remains LaLiga’s VAR partner after failed Mediapro appeal

Sports technology company Hawk-Eye will retain a contract to supply video assistant referees (VAR) services for the top two divisions of Spanish club football after a judge rejected an appeal lodged by the Mediapro agency.

Mediapro took action after the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) in May chose Hawk-Eye as the supplier of VAR technology in the top two tiers across the four seasons spanning 2019-20 to 2022-23.

Hawk-Eye secured the contract for LaLiga and the Segunda Division after the RFEF launched its first tender for the contract, based on what it said were “exhaustive and demanding” technical requirements.

Mediapro provides VAR services for a host of competitions across the world and said it had done so for LaLiga and the Copa del Rey during the 2018-19 season “without any technical incident and to the full satisfaction” of officials.

Mediapro had also bid for the new contract, but the RFEF selected Hawk-Eye with the judge now ruling that the tender process for the deal was conducted correctly.

A statement released by the RFEF read: “This reinforces the good governance policy undertaken by the RFEF’s new team, with the realisation of public tenders instead of the direct concessions that were made under the interim mandate of Juan Luis Larrea.”

Mediapro has been ordered to pay costs in the appeals case as a result of the ruling.