The only way to make sure every refereeing decision is 100% correct is to replace the men in black with robots. The added benefit would be they could strike John Terry down with a laser gun whenever he oversteps the line between healthy aggression and dirty thugitude. Which is often.
Adidas isn’t campaigning for robo-refs (yet), but they are doing their bit to help human referees get the contentious decisions right. Their new Teamgeist II ball has a device inside that uses The Power Of Electromagnetism to track its location at all times, and transmit that data to a pitchside computer.
The result: no more dodgy goalline decisions. In theory. It’s being tested at the current FIFA World Club Cup in Japan. It sounds good to me, although if Adidas could focus their energies on designing a ball that automatically zooms into the net when kicked from the penalty spot by an England player, THAT would be real progress.
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