Controversial new handball rules to be revised next month

EXCLUSIVE: Controversial new handball rules to be considered next month after proving to be a major bone of contention with Premier League managers and players

  • Football decision-makers to review new handball rules next month
  • Controversial rules have proven to be a major bone of contention
  • The rules caused a stir recently when West Ham scored a late goal











The controversial new handball rules will be considered by football policymakers next month, according to Sportsmail.

The current laws were introduced at the start of the season after the International Football Association Board (IFAB) confirmed the changes last March.

The overhauled rulebook has proven to be a major bone of contention with managers and players this season.

West Ham recently ruled out a goal after the ball hit Declan Rice’s hand

And it is understood that the heads of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) expect the new handball laws to be discussed by the IFAB, the body that determines the laws of the game, in February.

The new rules have sparked controversy this season, most recently last Friday when West Ham were denied a late equalizer against Sheffield United.

Robert Snodgrass’ effort was sent back to VAR, and ultimately ruled out, after reruns showed the ball was aimed at Declan Rice’s arm at close range by Blades defenseman John Egan during preparation.

Although Rice did not deliberately manipulate, under the recently introduced rules the target was ruled out.

But the laws are expected to be discussed at next month’s IFAB conference in Northern Ireland on February 29, leaving arbitrators to prepare for further changes.

Wolves also scored a goal earlier this season due to unintentional handball

Wolves also scored a goal earlier this season due to unintentional handball

HANDLING THE BALL

It is an offense if a player:

  • deliberately touches the ball with the hand / arm, including moving the hand / arm towards the ball
  • takes possession / control of the ball after it touches their hand / arm, then:
  • score in the opposing goal
  • creates an opportunity to score
  • scores in the opponent’s goal directly from his hand / arm, even accidentally, including by the goalkeeper

It is generally an offense if a player:

  • touches the ball with the hand / arm when:
  • the hand / arm made their body abnormally bigger
  • the hand / arm is above / beyond their shoulder (unless the player deliberately plays the ball which then touches their hand / arm)

The above offenses apply even if the ball touches the hand / arm of a player directly from the head or body (including the foot) of another player who is nearby.

How does the new handball rule work?

A free kick or penalty will be awarded if:

  • the ball enters the goal after touching the hand or arm of an attacker.
  • a player gains possession of the ball after it is detached from his hand or arm, then scores, or creates a chance to score.
  • the ball touches the hand / arm of a player, which abnormally enlarges his silhouette.
  • the ball touches a player’s hand / arm when lifted over his shoulder.

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