The tacticians can show the footage to staff, substitutes but using it against an official or displaying it to on-field players will result in a sending-off.

From 10th of August 2018, managers in the Premier League will be allowed to use their mobiles during a match in the dug-out for better analysis of a match. Prior to this change in the rule, electronic communication was only allowed if it related to welfare or safety.

The 20 gaffers of the league will be allowed to re-watch controversial incidents or keep a detailed eye on things to assist them for tactical changes and substitutes. The footage will be processed through a team of analysts at the stadium.

As reported by The Times, Bosses are also not allowed to confront officials with videos. Anyone attempting to do so could be shown a red card.

This still would not be allowed in any circumstance.

Turkey boss Fatih Terim in 2016 received a warning from a fourth official after he played smart in passing him a mobile phone which was showing a replay of England striker Harry Kane scoring from an offside position. 

The Football Association’s wording of this new law reads: ‘The use of any form of electronic communication by team officials is permitted where it directly relates to player welfare or safety or for tactical/coaching reasons but only small, mobile, handheld equipment (eg microphone, headphone, earphone, earpiece, mobile phone/smartphone, smartwatch, tablet, laptop) may be used.


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‘A team official who uses unauthorised equipment or who behaves in an inappropriate manner as a result of the use of electronic or communication equipment will be dismissed from the technical area.’

It will be interesting to see how the managers of the toughest league in Europe use it to influence the matches.