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League clarifies equipment approval

14 September 2015

The Football League has clarified its stance on the equipment worn by Wanderers' players in Saturday's meeting with Plymouth Argyle.

Kick-off was delayed by around six minutes while the match referee investigated concerns by Argyle's coaching staff in relation to GPS-tracking devices worn beneath the jerseys of the Wycombe players.

Wanderers produced a letter from the Football League which authorised their use and the players were therefore permitted to continue wearing the devices as the game kicked off.

A Football League spokesman said: “Following FIFA’s decision to permit players to wear Electronic Performance and Tracking System devices under the laws of the game, The Football League has also sanctioned their use in its competitions.
“Clubs were notified of this rule change in writing before the start of the current season and the matter was explained to club managers at their annual pre-season meetings.
“Any club seeking to use EPTS devices is required to notify the League and provide relevant details relating to how they will be worn and used.  To date, 19 clubs, including Wycombe Wanderers, have registered their intention to use these devices.”

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