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IFAB shares details on general rules and VAR use

International Board aims dig at EPL as they announce new rules and VAR regulations

April 8, 2020 By Oscar Rojas
FIFA's branch that updates all the rules had special words for Premier League's 'reckless' decisions regarding VAR technology and its application.

FIFA's International Board revealed a few adjustments to the general rule book of the sport, and they did so by pointing out a massive flaw taking place in the English Premier League.

The report by the IFAB shared updates on five rules, including when and how a handball must be sanctioned, more details on how a referee should react during a penalty shootout and when to book a goalkeeper or a penalty taker, while also speaking in detail about VAR technology and its use around the world.

When the topic was brought up, IFAB officers criticized the Premier League's use of the technology, especially due to the number of complaints generated by the refs for not going to the sideline and watch the monitor before making a call like everywhere else in the world.

"There were breaches to the VAR protocol in some top-tier competitions, and while we strongly condemned their behavior, those officers have told IFAB that their FA will urge their referees to stick to the protocol applied in the world starting next season," an IFAB exec stated.

One more concept that has caused controversy around the world is when a handball should be considered accidental or not. According to IFAB execs, whenever an opposing player uses his hands and the play ends in a goal, then the ref should give the ball to the other team and disallow the goal. In order for a handball in defense to be considered as such, every contact of the ball with the entirety of the arm will be considered. The player's armpit will be considered as the boundary to call a handball or not.

Last, but not least, any subjective decision that needs to be judged by the ref will force the officer to go to the sidelines and watch the monitor.

FIFA's branch that controls updates on the game's rule book left a window open for an update on the offside rule, in order to boost attacking football around the world.


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