Football fans fear ‘game is ruined’ as FIFA bring in offside tech for World Cup
Semi-automated offside technology will be used at the World Cup for the first time later this year – but football fans are not happy.
Angry supporters are fed-up with constant meddling by the game's rule makers following the implementation of VAR and Arsene Wenger's proposed changes to the international match calendar. For many, the introduction of semi-automated offside technology represents the final straw.
The new technology, which has already been tested at the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup and last year's FIFA Club World Cup , will see video match officials receive offside alerts, with decisions validated by humans before the match referee is informed.
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"At the FIFA World Cup in 2018, FIFA took the brave step to use VAR technology on the world’s biggest stage, and it has proven to be an indisputable success," FIFA president Gianni Infantino said. "Semi-automated offside technology is an evolution f the VAR systems that have been implemented across the world.
"This technology is the culmination of three years of dedicated research and testing to provide the very best for the teams, players and fans who will be heading to Qatar later this year, and FIFA is proud of this work, as we look forward to the world seeing the benefits of semi-automated offside technology at the FIFA World Cup 2022.
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"FIFA is committed to harnessing technology to improve the game of football at all levels, and the use of semi-automated offside technology at the FIFA World Cup in 2022 is the clearest possible evidence."
But fans are not convinced. "FIFA wants to ruin football even more," wrote one. As another predicted: "It's gonna be worse than Var."
Someone else commented: "They are slowly replacing footballers with robots. Football will never be the same." While a fourth user chimed in with: "They are killing the shine of the game of football."
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