Franz Beckenbauer: Drones Will Replace Referees In Football
German football legend Franz Beckenbauer believes drones will one day replace referees on the pitch.
Football has long held out against the encroachment of technology onto the pitch, with the advent of goal-line technology in the 2012 World Cup and in this season’s Premier League a high-watermark for its use in the game.
“We are living in a century that’s all about technology. We all know that it doesn’t end with goal-line technology. At some point, we won’t even need a referee any more. Drones will be keeping an eye on whatever happens on the pitch at some point,” Beckenbauer told Sky90.
Beckenbauer also stated: “This isn’t something that’s been discussed at Fifa. It’s just a personal idea of mine.”
But the German doesn’t support the innovative idea:
“I genuinely think this is the future. I won’t be alive when it happens, though, so it’s up to other people to fight it,” said Beckenbauer.
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