Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why Belgians Chant: Ear We Go, Ear We Go

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why Belgians Chant: Ear We Go, Ear We Go

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Byline: ADRIAN WARNER

AFTER Jean Marc Bosman, another Belgian is revolutionising football as the first player in a top-class match to receive instructions from his manager through an electronic earpiece.

Jan Moons, the Genk goalkeeper, has sparked off an intense debate in the international game after he wore the earpiece for the first time in a game against Bruges last Friday.

The devices, which are common in American Football but have caused controversy in cricket and hockey, are set to be discussed by football's rulemaking body, the International FA Board, in London next month.

Although the idea was criticised by the English players' union today, it has emerged that Scottish side Dunfermline have experimented with the devices in youth-team games.

Bosman changed the face of transfer dealings when he took his case to the European Court in 1995.

If the Board gives the go-ahead for earpieces to be worn at all levels, Moons could also earn a special place in football history.

Moons revealed today that Genk decided to use the device because coach Sef Vergoosen was having terrible problems getting over his tactical instructions quickly from the touchline.

Moons said: "He has been thinking about a solution for six months. We tried a receiver in a bag in the goal and one by the post but the only possible thing was to put in a little earpiece so he could give me the tactical changes and I passed them on.

"We did it for the first time two weeks ago in Spain. The reserveteam keeper played and it fitted better with him than with me.

"But there were only 100 fans or so compared to 25,000 last Friday. There was a big difference with the noise.

"We have to make adjustments so it fits me better and I have no problems with noises from the crowd. But we are going to carry on using it.

"The first test was really good.

Some things didn't come through, but most did."

Dunfermline have been using a less sophisticated device for outfield players, which is kept on the ear using a sweat band. …

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