Beckenbauer tips drones to fulfil role of referees
Could this really be the future for refereeing?
Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer believes that referees will eventually be replaced by drones as the use of technology grows in football.
The Bundesliga has approved the use of goal-line technology for the 2015-16 season onwards, following its successful deployment in the Premier League this term.
But Beckenbauer feels even referees could ultimately become obsolete as the game embraces more and more technological advances, believing drones could soon be hovering over the pitch to officiate games.
"We are living in a century that's all about technology. We all know that it doesn't end with goal-line technology," Beckenbauer told Sky90.
"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.
"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.
"This isn't something that's been discussed at Fifa. It's just a personal idea of me."
A majority of 15 clubs in the German top flight voted in favour of the use of video technology in goal-line decisions, after it was introduced in the World Cup in 2012 and the Premier League for the 2013-14 season.
By Stefan Coerts | GOAL.com
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