Italian Referee Chief Powerless to Push Video Replay

Referees in Italy says players are more hostile in recent years. (Getty Images)

The president of the Italian Referees Association is pushing back against public outcry for the use of video replay, saying he has very little say over whether it comes into use.

Referees in the country have bore the brunt of recent criticism over poor calls and violent on-field conduct.

“It is not that I am in favor or against it,” said Marcello Nicchi, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, “I report the feelings and regulations that are present throughout.”

He added that he will not speak of his opinion on video assistance and rule changes are up to the International Football Association Board.

Nicchi also does not feel the players are helping referees.

“Today, it seems that the referees have to handle a war every Sunday.”

Bolton Stadium Hotel Adds RFID Locking System

Bolton’s Reebok Stadium contains a hotel with rooms overlooking the pitch. (Getty Images)

The hotel located inside the Bolton Wanderers’ stadium is getting a security upgrade.

The Bolton Whites Hotel is adding RFID contactless door locks. The locks allow guests to open doors with their mobile devices and avoid trips to the front desk when checking in or out.

VingCard Elsafe is the company behind the technology.

“Chief among our responsibilities is the ability to ensure a safe and secure environment to everyone within our premises,” said hotel general manager Suzanne Speak. “Only then can our guests truly begin to relax and enjoy the benefits that a hotel with such a unique location as ours can offer.”

The hotel is located fully inside Reebok Stadium with a number of rooms whose windows overlook the playing field.

Tottenham Players Try Football Bots

Two Tottenham Hotspur players visited a local university to try out football-playing robots.

Zeki Fryers and Harry Kane sampled technology which will be available to students of the forthcoming Tottenham University Technical College.

The football robots, called Myrtle Robots, are wi-fi enabled and fitted with webcams. The players joined students in putting them through a remote-controlled football match.

The college is schedule to open in September as part of the Spurs’ stadium regeneration efforts.

iPowow, Red Bull Launch First Interactive Match

Two companies teamed up to make a January match between Bayern Munich and Red Bull Salzberg an event.

iPowow and Red Bull Media House staged what they call the world’s first football telecast utlizing fan participation. It allowed fans to control on-screen elements from digital devices, answering questions and responding to events in the game.

The results of their actions were then displayed on screen alongside the broadcast.

The two companies have since expanded the collaboration to German ice hockey broadcasts, where fans choose the “Man of the Match” and can vote to determine the game that will be broadcast the following week.

By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin

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