Snack Summary – Deflated Lions and the Introduction of AI to Wimbledon

Snack Summary – Deflated Lions and the Introduction of AI to Wimbledon

With England’s route to the last 16 secured against Panama, it was difficult to anticipate the quality and outcome of the Belgium game. Only three players who started against Panama walked out onto the pitch in Kaliningrad and the skipper’s arm band was wrapped around the arm of Dier, rather than the familiar face of Kane. In many respects, the performance from either side was as expected, second best. Neither team performed particularly well and both were booed off at half time. Everyone in the stadium was aware that a win meant a likely Japan/Brazil combination whereas a loss could be Colombia/Sweden. Either way, it’s certainly not an easy ride and if James Rodriguez is fit to play he will make life difficult for the English defence.

AI will play a role at Wimbledon for the first time in its history. The technology, which is already being used by Fox for their FIFA World Cup coverage, will be used to analyse the emotions of players, their movement on court and crowd noise. Its purpose? To collate the best footage for maximum fan engagement. A string of new developments including a rebrand of the Wimbledon website is in place for this year’s tournament, in a year where the men’s singles final and the World Cup final both fall on Sunday 15th July.

AC Milan have been banned by UEFA from the Europa League next season. The club was investigated by the European football governing body and were found to have breached the Financial Fair Play rules. The rules state that the funding of wages and transfer fees must not be paid for through any debts and their total club deficit was estimated to be around €100 million, €70 million more than what is permitted. The club is appealing their ban but if it is rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), then Atalanta, who finished seventh in Serie A, will take their place.