FIFA VAR chiefs want to replace linesmen and assistant referees with robots

VAR has been at the centre of controversy in the Premier League

It seems every weekend of Premier League football is going to stir up a debate about VAR from now on.

The technology was only introduced this season and three weeks into the 2019/20 campaign, it has come under serious scrutiny every single time.

Those watching at home believe it disrupts the game too much, while fans inside the stadium are unaware of what is actually being discussed by the officials.

One area where the technology has proved most controversial is with regards to the offside law.

Raheem Sterling was infamously punished for having his armpit ahead of a West Ham defender prior to a goal - which was then chalked off.

However, by the letter of the law, he was offside.

And one of football's oldest rules could be modernised even further in the coming years.

That's because if VAR is a success, FIFA will look at replacing linesmen and assistant referees with robots.

An inside source confirmed to the Mirror: “FIFA already have a department set up researching into these exact areas.

A referee goes to watch a VAR screen

“Will they replace referee assistants completely with cameras and computers ruling offsides and throw-ins? It could happen one day.”

Imagine the faces on the anti-VAR brigade when a robot flags their striker offside to deny them a winning goal...

Thankfully, that level of technology will not be considered for a number of years as FIFA continue to monitor the success of VAR across the footballing world.

So don't worry football fans, we won't have to be singing 'the robot is a w***er' just yet.

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