FIFA is on the verge of replacing linesmen and other officials on match day with artificial intelligence robotic technology, this sportinglife.ng can report.
FIFA believes the use of technology will be more accurate and would help to tame the syndrome of human errors often experience in the football matches.
Replacing human with with robots maybe perceived bizarre hence FIFA has created a specific depart to explore the impact the robotic technology could have on football, this has been learnt.
If the findings rule in favour of the technology then it’s possible that the infamous offside flag could become a thing of the past.
We could be a few years away from seeing this technology included in the game.
Despite this, the thought of robots replacing match officials will come as a shock following the controversy VAR is still often seeped in.
Many football fans are still VAR skeptics so the ambition for more technology may need to be calmed by the bigwigs.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino is a huge VAR advocate so the ambition for more technology doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon.
Premier League VAR chief Neil Swarbrick has defended VAR and denied that control is being taken away from referees during matches.
He also stated that the concerns of VAR ruining celebrations due to fans being unaware if a goal will inevitably stand after it’s scored.
It is just three weeks into VAR’s inaugural Premier League season and it’s been a huge talking point throughout.
Manchester City have felt the consequences in two games so far, with Raheem Sterling being ruled offside by his arm.
They were also denied two points against Tottenham Hotspur following a VAR review which judged Aymeric Laporte’s involvement in Gabriel Jesus’ potential winner as handball.