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Sound of Football Podcast 526 - Giving referees their cards

Last week, the body that controls refereeing in the Premier League, the PGMOL, parted company with Lee Mason, one of only three permananet VARs. His dismissal followed an incident where he incorrectly allowed a goal to stand in a potentially title affecting result involving Arsenal. It wasn't his first howler of the season (even just against Arsenal) but what precedent has been set by firing him?

As more technology is introduced, like the semi-automated VAR for offside used in the World Cup, how far are we from the point where AI can take over from human referees? With the advances currently being made in AI, are we closer to that point than we think? ChatGPT joins us to discuss.

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