Keen football fans with deep pockets are reduced to following the fortunes of their favourite team by watching them play on the TV or on video streams. Not only does it get anywhere near the real matchday experience, but it can be fraught with problems as this story from Scotland shows.
Feeling the cold winds of budgetary constraints, Inverness Caledonian Thistle decided to use an AI camera, boasting ball-tracking technology, rather than foot the bill for a human cameraman to shoot footage of their recent game against Ayr United. Unfortunately, one of the referee’s assistants was also feeling the cold winds as he is follicly challenged.
The result was that the AI camera kept following the lino’s bald head rather than the ball on the field, leaving the commentator (human) and the viewers somewhat bemused. Mind you, watching the officials would be more entertaining than some games I have witnessed in the past.
For the record, the match ended in a 1-1 draw, with Inverness earning their first point of the season with a late equaliser. There is no truth in the rumour that they will be offering officials wigs for future fixtures.