Premier League to change controversial rule that will impact Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham



The Premier League is set to adopt yet another adaptation of the handball rule, impacting Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

The handball rule was changed ahead of this season to adopt the t-shirt rule, which allowed the ball to touch the top of the arm, but the change was particularly harsh on accidental handballs.

Under the change, the ball could not touch a hand at all in the lead up to a goal, even if accidental, and that saw a number of goals ruled out with the help of VAR.

But in yet another change, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has confirmed that will no longer be the case, unless the scoring player uses their hand in the lead up to a goal.

The adaptation allows a teammate to commit an accidental handball, even if it leads to a goal, and they have confirmed that an accidental handball when creating a goal is no longer an offence.

But that is not the only change. The rule now acknowledges that the ball touching the arm is not always handball and that handballs should be judged based on where the arm is in relation to a player’s body.

The full release reads: “Law 12 emphasises that not every touch of a player’s hand/arm with the ball is an offence. A player’s hand/arm position should be judged in relation to their body movement in that particular situation.

“A player has made their body unnaturally bigger when the hand/arm position is not a consequence of, or justifiable by, the player’s body movement for that specific situation. By having their hand/arm in such a position, the player takes a risk of being penalised.”

The release added that it is still an offence to score “directly from the scorer’s hand/arm” and “immediately after the ball has touched the scorer’s hand/arm”.

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IFAB added: “Accidental handball by a team-mate before a goal and accidental handball creating a goal-scoring opportunity are NOT now offences.”

The rules are set to be adapted for the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament, which begins on Friday, and the Premier League will almost certainly adopt the new rules ahead of the new season.





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