Football fans baffled as AI camera mistakes the bald head of a linesman for the ball


Fans watching Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs Ayr United were left confused when a new technology – designed to automatically focus the camera on the ball – focused instead on the linesman’s bald head. 

The new tech was intended to take the place of a cameraman at the game, but a hilarious gaffe saw its auto-focus feature pick out the official’s head instead of the match ball. 

Fans were unable to attend the game, which was being played behind closed doors due to Covid-19. As a result, the malfunctioning stream was the only way for fans to watch the game.

The robot camera, supplied by Pixellot, spent so much time focusing on the official’s bald head that viewers missed the build-up to Ayr’s goal. The game finished as a 1-1 draw.

At several points during the game, the camera pulled away from the action, leaving fans in the dark as it zoomed in on the official.

To add insult to injury, the game was only available on a pay per view basis, meaning fans had paid £10 for the shaky coverage.

An SPFL spokesperson said: “We are aware of a few brief instances of wandering cameras and have been assured by Pixellot that they are working to fix it.”

After a quiet first half, Ayr opened the scoring in the Scottish Championship game, with debutant Innes Cameron subbed on in the second half to open the scoring in the 57th minute.

Caley Thistle striker, Nikolay Todorov, earned his side a point with an 86th-minute equaliser.
However, it was the erratic camera work that remained the game’s main talking point, with fans taking to social media to ridicule the robot and complain about the match coverage.

One fan tragically tweeted: “missed our goal my team Ayr Utd kept thinking the Lino bald head was the ball”.

Inverness fans will hope their next match is filmed less erratically – especially due to the pay per view price tag.

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