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FIFA 'could replace linesmen with VAR' as pro-technology president Gianni Infantino introduces new department in bid to increase technology's influence in football Technology has been introduced to the Premier League to assist referees VAR has stirred debate among fans and pundits following some big decisions  FIFA are considering adding further to technology's influence in the game If their research is successful, linesmen could be replaced by new technology 

By Ollie Lewis For Mailonline

Published: 10:02 BST, 25 August 2019 | Updated: 10:02 BST, 25 August 2019

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Football could see further sweeping changes after it was revealed that FIFA are exploring the possibility of replacing assistant referees with VAR technology. 

As first reported by The Mirror, football's international governing body have set up a new department to discover whether technology could be used further in football. 

The linesman's role has been identified as a potential area in which technology could come into use. If the findings of the new department are favourable, football could see a three-man on-field officiating party reduced to just one. 

VAR has been newly introduced into the Premier League as of this season

VAR has been newly introduced into the Premier League as of this season 

The technology has assisted referees and helped avoid injustices, but has had mixed reviews

The technology has assisted referees and helped avoid injustices, but has had mixed reviews

FIFA are looking into the possibility of replacing linesmen completely with VAR

An insider told The Mirror: 'FIFA already have a department set up researching into these exact areas.

'Will they replace referee assistants completely with cameras and computers ruling offsides and throw-ins? It could happen

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