UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has denounced the current offside and handball rules, saying: “You get penalized if you have a big nose or big feet.”
The laws are set by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), whose headquarters are like UEFA in Switzerland.
Ceferin specifically criticized the way VAR deemed players “five millimeters” offside, while claiming that “no one understands anything” about handball.
Speaking in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe ahead of the UEFA Congress in Vienna, Ceferin said: “At the beginning, VAR was too slow. Now, in European competition, it’s much faster.
“But the fact that there could be a five millimeter offside is still a problem for me. You get penalized if you have a big nose or big feet… and I have a problem with handballs. I don’t understand anything. It should be made clear.”
He also revealed he discussed the matter with former Portugal and Real Madrid legend Luis Figo.
“Figo told me the other day that if he played these days, if he didn’t know what to do with the ball, he would shoot the defender’s hands.”
An example of Figo’s idea could be seen in Liverpool’s 2-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 Champions League final, where Sadio Mane won an early penalty after heading the ball over the outstretched arm by Moussa Sissoko.
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