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Thursday’s the first time a professional soccer ref will issue yellow and red cards with a smartphone

Referee Pro

Referee Pro

We’ve previously written about why we’re overstating the impact technology will have on football (soccer) refereeing, but this focused more on things like goal-line technology to remove human error. Now, however, it seems that the refs’ humble notepad and pen could be on their way out too. A referee may use his/her notepad for anything – noting down substitutions, red/yellow cards or any other on-field incident. Now, European startup Siine has launched Referee Pro, a smartphone app that will see the first ever football match kick off on Thursday with a professional match official using his mobile phone to record events, as well as dishing out yellow and red cards. Read the full story at The Next Web.

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