Plans have been announced to add electronic chips to footballers shirts in a bid to warn of potential medical problems.

The move comes after former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack on the pitch at White Hart Lane last year.

A decision by the International Football Association Board is due in March, where they are set to announce whether the system is to get a trial run.

The IFAB, which makes the laws of football, is made up of the FAs of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who get a vote each, and FIFA, who have four.

Under the current rules, any electronic communication between players and staff in the technical area is deemed illegal, but this could be about to change with these fresh ideas being put forward.

Speaking to the BBC, Stewart Regan, the Scottish FA chief executive, said: "We are looking at whether there are medical benefits, such as whether it can warn of problems such as Fabrice Muamba suffered, which would make it a no brainer for this to come in.

"We are trying to consider whether or not things can make a positive difference in the game rather than just another example of technology being brought in.

"There is a chip in the shirt at the back of the player's neck and the data is fed back into a laptop."

The data that the chip will monitor includes heart performance, body temperature and the distance being covered.

The IFAB will open the microchip debate on 3 March in Edinburgh, when the governing body stages its annual meeting.


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