FIFA Planning To Do Away With Linesmen

By Ikenga Chronicles August 25, 2019

FIFA Planning To Do Away With Linesmen

FIFA are reportedly set to make a shock decision by doing away with linesmen and replacing them with robots as a result of the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR).

According to UK Mirror, assistant referees could become a thing of the past as a result of the increasing use of technology in football.

If the findings from FIFA’s VAR team prove that technology can be beneficial and perfectly accurate, the offside flag could also become a thing of history.

“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,” a source confirmed.

While robots operating down the side of the pitch may be a distant ambition for FIFA chiefs, the anti-VAR brigade will surely be angered by the development.

However, with FIFA President Gianni Infantino a huge advocate of VAR, it seems there is no stopping the growing influence of technology in football.