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FIFA wants robots to replace Linesman and Assistant Referees

Sudarshan Venkatesan

FIFA wants robots to replace Linesman and Assistant Referees

VAR team of FIFA wants to replace linesman and assistant referees with robots.

FIFA are exploring the possibility of replacing the matchday linesman and assistant referees with robots.

The talks are underway within the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) of the world’s football association. The English publication Mirror states that the team is working to include the technology in the game of football.

Apparently, an insider confirmed to the Mirror Online: “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.”

It might be a few years away, but the game could have another added disillusion after the failure to convince the fans over the insertion of the VAR in the Premier League. But, it was a monster hit in other European top-flight leagues – including the Bundesliga, Serie A, and La Liga, who have adopted this technology over the past season at least.

FIFA president Giovanni Infantino is a huge fan of the newly-wedded technology and desires to include the robots to nullify high-profile errors, which was a common occurrence before years ago.

Premier League VAR chief Neil Swarbrick defended the VAR and denied is being taken away from referees during games.

He stated the celebrations after the goal decision gets overturned will add more spice to the game.

Speaking to the Daily Star per The Mirror, the former referee stated: “It’s because people are not used to it yet. Sometimes it provides even more entertainment.”

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