FIFA Considers Replacing Linesmen With VAR And Robots
According to The Mirror, football’s international governing body have set up a new department to discover whether technology could be used further in football.
The linesman’s role has been identified as a potential area in which technology could come into use.
If the findings of the new department are favourable, football could see a three-man on-field officiating party reduced to just one.
An insider confirmed:
“FIFA already have a department set up researching into these exact areas.
“Will they replace referee assistants completely with cameras and computers ruling offsides and throw-ins? It could happen one day.”
Since its introduction into Premier League football at the start of the 2019-20 season, VAR has stirred debate among fans and pundits alike.
A number of key moments have been overturned as a result of intervention by technology, including Gabriel Jesus’ late winner against Tottenham Hotspur last week, which was overruled as a result of a handball by team mate Aymeric Laporte in the build up.
And while the use of VAR has reduced the likelihood of injustices being served, critics have slammed the technology for its affect on the flow of the game.
Premier League bosses have also called into question the standard of technology used by video assistant referees to determine offside decisions.
More to follow….