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Chelsea will use robot referees in their FIFA club World Cup fixture

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Special cameras that will be attached to the stadium roofs will be used to create a ‘limb-tracking system’, creating animated skeletons that will help speed up the decision making process in regards to offside calls.

The VAR referees in place will then be alerted of the decision made by the technology, with the on-pitch referee then being subsequently informed.

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Chelsea will be the first Premier League side to experience the ‘robot referees’, with the technology previously being used successfully during the Arab Cup.

FIFA are hoping to fully implement the system before the start of this year’s World Cup in November and December, with the governing body saying the robotics have the: “potential to provide new insights for coaches, medical staff, and fans.”

The Blues will enter the competition at the semi-final stage where they will face either Al Hilal, Al Jazira or Pirae.

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