Ref chief: officials should wear futuristic "Google Glass"

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A top Bundesliga official wants referees to wear futuristic computer glasses to help them get key decisions correct.

Bundesliga referees chief Andreas Rettig is calling for all German officials to don the "Google Glass", worth more than £1,000-per-pair, in order to help cut out mistakes that impact on the outcome of matches.

Refereeing blunders have been on the agenda in the Premier League, with Robert Madley's controversial decision to award Stoke a late penalty which helped them salvage a 3-3 draw with Swansea before the international break the latest to provoke debate.

Now Rerttig says he wants to eliminate incidents like those from the game by giving every referee a pair of Google Glass, which would allow officials to access video replays instantaneously before making a decision.

He told German newspaper, Sued Deustche: 'Basically, we are always open to new technological innovations, but it is also clear that we need to address the fundamental decisions more carefully.

'[We should think about] computer glasses for referees, such as Google Glass. When we think about technical progress, then we must take the next step to discuss whether the referee could wear glasses to see what everyone sees viewers on the couch.

'There a strong argument against the video evidence, namely that the referee’s authority on the pitch would no longer be overriding.

'But if the referee [when reviewing incidents on Google Glass] was not relying on anyone or anything external, then he could accurately assess the scene immediately.'

Google Glass is a wearable computer developed by the American technology giants that allows wearers to access real-time information displayed in front of their eyes.

Launched earlier this year, they aren't on sale to the public as yet, and any agreement over their use in professional football is likely to take some time.

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