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

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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?"

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