Poor old football referees could finally be in line to receive the real-time video assistance they so desperately need. The International Football Association Board says it will experiment with the technology, with a view to introduce it in time for next season’s FA Cup and Scottish Cup. A final decision will be made in March. A certain Ashley Young must be nervous.
If video assistance is given the green light, as it sure should be, referees could receive a helping hand with decisions on goals, penalties, red cards and those rare but highly-entertaining cases of mistaken identity. Goal-line technology was brought to the Premier League at the start of the 2013-14 season, and has proven its worth on multiple occasions. It came in handy during the 2014 Men's World Cup and the 2015 Women's World Cup too.
Fans will be disappointed to learn that, unlike in tennis and rugby, video decisions would not be replayed on big screens inside stadiums. Now to make Champions League fifth officials redundant. [BBC]