When we have been playing the current FIFA game there are times when swearing occurs, although this is normally due to frustration and not directed at anyone personally. It seems that when EA launch FIFA 13 they will offer Xbox 360 Kinect users the ability to curse the referee, which will result in no bookings or major repercussions, although this hadn’t been the expected outcome a few weeks ago when we first saw a promotional video. ...
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Kicking Back Comments: This was interesting to me on many levels, none the least of which was the technology.
There have been times in my career that I have booked, or sent off players for dissent and foul and abusive language (respectively) that may had been in error. I don't hedge to make it appear that I have not made mistakes ... I have ... it is just hard when a player has such a self interest to not poison the pool after the fact.
Language is such a precise construct. Some curses are easy to spot as dissent of FAL, others are not. In fact, the most cunning, and most hurtful, rarely have no curses in them at all.
As a referee, we have to be aware of where the line is for the day ... and when to just suck it up as The Game does not need to caution or send off. The developers at EA need to teach Kinect this as well before we humans have any fear of being supplanted by a robot referee.
BTW, there is no truth to the rumor that FIFA is funding EA to do so, dispute their recent appetite toward technology.