Football considers shirt chip

Football lawmakers will be asked to consider the use of an electronic chip in players' shirts which could potentially warn of medical problems.

Last Updated: 14/02/13 at 13:09 Post Comment

Football will consider new technology designed to prevent health problems

Football will consider new technology designed to prevent health problems

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Electronic communication between players and staff in the technical area is currently banned.

But the Scottish Football Association are asking the International FA Board, the body which draws up football's laws, to make an exception for technology in the collar of a player's shirt which can feed back data such as heart performance, body temperature and the distance being covered.

It is hoped this will help to prevent serious health problems, such as the heart attack suffered by Fabrice Muamba on the pitch during Bolton's FA Cup tie with Tottenham last season.

The issue will be raised in Edinburgh on 3 March at the annual meeting of the IFAB, which is made up of the four home nations and FIFA, who are understood to be wary of allowing the electronic chips.

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan said it was a "no brainer" if there were medical benefits.

"These chips can monitor heart performance, distance run, changes in a person's body functions what's operating differently to how it was in the first half," he said.

"We are looking at whether there are medical benefits, such as whether it can warn of problems such as Fabrice Muamba suffered, which would make it a no brainer for this to come in.

"We are trying to consider whether or not things can make a positive difference in the game rather than just another example of technology being brought in.

"There is a chip in the shirt at the back of the player's neck and the data is fed back into a laptop.

"There is one school of thought that it's a pure game and shouldn't be any technology and another that thinks if you can make players medically safer why shouldn't it be considered?"

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

Rio: Fergie exit hit RvP hardest

Rio Ferdinand has claimed Robin van Persie was the player who suffered the most after Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement as Man United manager.

Premier League: West Brom boss Alan Irvine ready to drop big names

West Brom boss Alan Irvine has underlined his willingness to drop out-of-form players, regardless of their status.

Transfer news: Frank Lampard's Manchester City loan spell could be extended

Frank Lampard's loan spell with Manchester City could be extended into February next year, according to Sky sources.

Mail Box

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property