“The rules of handball are not clear, nobody can explain what is and is not handball”


In an interview with the DailyMirrorUEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has spoken out about the issues surrounding the use of VAR in leagues across Europe.

“If you have a long nose you are in an offside position these days. The lines are drawn by VAR so it is a bit subjective for something objective. We will discuss this with our referees division and will propose that there is a tolerance of 10 to 20 centimeters given,” he began.

He also expressed his disappointment with the new handball rules, which were supposed to clarify things.

“We had the best coaches at UEFA two weeks ago in Nyon. Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Max Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane were among those.

“Our referee, Roberto Rossetti, showed them a handball and asked them if it was a handball or not. Half the room said yes. Half said no. So tell me how bad the rule is Clear We don’t know anything!

He then returned to talk about the varying use of VAR in different countries.

“Some referees in England, they don’t even check. In Italy they check for half an hour. You know, it’s a mess. I’ve never been a big fan of that. Now these days you see linesmen don’t even bother to raise the flag. They wait and wait and wait.

“The players don’t celebrate right away. Now they have to wait for VAR clearance and as I said, no one can explain what is handball and what is not.

He continued and elaborated on his thoughts on technology in football: “Referee mistakes are like player mistakes. We talked about referee mistakes for a week. It was interesting. Now it’s all about technology. No one knows who makes the decisions.

“It’s okay if you don’t rule someone out if it’s a centimeter. Because the meaning of offside is that I have to have some sort of advantage. I’m not a big fan, but unfortunately if we say we won’t use it anymore we will be killed.