Sunday, November 17th, 2013
In all likelihood it won’t happen for a long time, but at least the discussion has begun.
Andreas Rettig, the 50-year-old Bundesliga referees chief, gave an interview with German paper Sued Deutsche over the weekend in which he advocated the use of Google Glass so officials can see replays like TV viewers.
The top of video replays has been elevated in the Bundesliga this season after Stefan Kiessling’s phantom goal for Bayer Leverkusen against Hoffenheim in October.
Rettig’s opinion on the introductionn of new technology in football is as follows:
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.
The issue is set to raised at an official meeting this week, but representatives from the Bundesliga have yet to comment on their thoughts regarding the motion.