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Premier League asking for changes to football’s handball law

By: AP |

Up to date: October 1, 2020 12:22:24 pm


Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Davinson Sanchez react after referee Peter Bankes awards a penalty to Newcastle United upon VAR assessment on September 27.
(REUTERS/Andrew Boyers)

The Premier League is asking soccer’s lawmakers to permit extra flexibility and leniency for referees assessing handballs after being informed by gamers and managers that the present rules are too harsh.

England’s prime division has fielded complaints after a variety of incidents within the opening rounds of the season, together with that Eric Dier mustn’t have conceded a penalty for Tottenham in opposition to Newcastle on Sunday when a ball got here off his outstretched, raised arm.

Regardless of dealing with away from the ball, Dier was penalized as a result of his arm was adjudged to be in an unnatural place after leaping to problem Andy Carroll for the ball.

The penalty, awarded after a VAR assessment, allowed Callum Wilson to attain and safe a 1-1 draw for Newcastle in stoppage time at Tottenham.

“You can not bounce with out your palms,” Dier informed the BBC.

“You can not defend with out utilizing your arms to stability and transfer so it’s what it’s.”

Learn | Defined: How VAR has nearly modified soccer to ‘handball’

Premier League referees, although, need to abide by the legal guidelines of the sport formulated by the Worldwide Soccer Affiliation Board. There’s, nonetheless, English affect on the panel that first met within the 19th century. The house nations in the UK — England, Northern Eire, Scotland and Wales — have half of the votes and world governing physique FIFA has the opposite 4.

A clarification to the handball regulation in 2019 said that palms or arms can’t make a gamers’ “physique unnaturally larger”.

The Premier League’s Skilled Sport Match Officers physique hopes the Legal guidelines of the Sport may very well be up to date and can ask IFAB for larger latitude.

Six of the 20 penalties awarded within the opening three rounds of the season have been for handball.

The Premier League has already responded to criticism by encouraging referees to melt their interpretation of handballs whereas nonetheless working inside the spirit of the Legal guidelines of the Sport.

In accordance with a presentation shared inside the Premier League, referees have now been informed to contemplate the anticipated place of the arm, quite than simply being exterior the physique line, when figuring out whether or not a handball must be penalised.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Winks, Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg look dejected after the match on Sept 27. (REUTERS/Clive Rose)

“The place the arms are clearly used for stability and/or safety,” the presentation slide states, “it’s much less more likely to be penalized.”

That can be the case “the place it’s clear the participant doesn’t have the power to react” and when the arm doesn’t clearly block a direct shot.

The Premier League’s interpretation of the regulation must also see gamers not penalized if:  “the “ball travels from shut proximity the place the participant has a restricted alternative to reply.”, the “participant falls and the hand/arm is between the physique and the bottom to assist the physique, however not prolonged laterally or vertically away from the physique.”

Based mostly on the Premier League’s revised steerage for referees to interpret the legal guidelines, Victor Lindelof wouldn’t have conceded a penalty for Manchester United in a loss to Crystal Palace this month as a result of his arm was in a pure working place.

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