An American billionaire is apparently funding a project to remodel "Hawkeye" technologies to counteract simulation by football players.
The aim is to understand the dynamics of tackles and create 'smart' software that can detect simulated falls to the ground. The technology will immediately detect any wrongdoing and inform the referee.
Diving has been the biggest bane for football in recent times, with many big players being heavily criticised and even punished for playacting in matches. Players go to ground at the slightest hint of a challenge, in some cases without even any actual contact, thus burdening referees with dilemmas.
However if Mark Cuban's initiatives succeed the menace could be put to an end. The businessman who owns NBA Dallas Mavericks, is apparently shelling out $2.6 billion (£1.5 billion) to fund the project.
Such technology already exists in basketball, to detect histrionical play known as 'flopping', pioneered by biomechanic scientist Peter Weyland. The aim is to now innoculate football with this technology.
The current technology is based on how much force is required for a player to be knocked over. Experiments have been conducted with force sensors in the floor and motion sensors to measure a player's position, velocity and acceleration.
Mark Cuban was quoted telling the Dallas Morning News: "I feel strongly about introducing science and data to situations in business and sports where there previously had been none. I love to challenge conventional wisdom."
However many argue that such technologies will be futile and will delay football matches beyond the conventional 90 minutes. However, if not this, other counteractive must be introduced by Associations to clamp down on the abhorrent practice of simulation.
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