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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Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Managing Director, Digital Media Group at Landmark Ventures/ShellyPalmer a technology focused Investment Banking & Advisory practice specializing in M&A, Financings, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation Access. He is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert and well known for his work on Fox Television's Shelly Palmer Digital Living as well as his daily radio report on United Stations Radio Networks. For more information, visit shellypalmer.com.

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