And the new handball law...
Your left ear lobe is 0.5mm offside....
And players will need to have their arms amputated...
Who is up for the discussion?
But we need to remember. The changes to the handball rule are nothing to do with VAR. Handball in the box has always been a source of anger, frustration and irritation because it was a subjective decision, interpreted differently by different referees. Now, they've changed the rule and, in fairness tried to make it less subjective i.e. the idea of accidental has gone out of the window, but if anything the rule now is even worse!!
VAR is getting factual decisions right - one can't be a little bit offside and one is offside or onside - even if 0.000000005cm.
But there is still irritating subjectivity. What is clear and obvious is not always interpreted the same e.g. when is someone manhandled around the throat - because he's been manhandled around the throat - and when not. I mean how in the name of Bonaparte's balls was that not a clear and obvious error????
I kept VAR and the change to the handball rule separate (or, at least, I think I did). I agree that every decision that has gone to VAR so far has led to the correct decision.
I also think that VAR is still a work in progress and it will continue to be refined. My concern with VAR remains as it always was, it is a disruption to the game. With every goal now being checked by VAR, fans in the ground are caught between a rock and a hard place. They are celebrating a goal and then have to wait to see if they can continue celebrating it or if the opposition fans are going to start celebrating the goal being ruled out.
VAR in the Premier League is doing a good job delivery a verdict as quickly as they can but it still a curious delay that takes the shine off a goal even if the goal is subsequently given. Not sure what the solution is and I expect VAR to continue. Though I really don't want to see leagues and cups decided depending on which team is more VAR friendly. And it won't be long before we see VAR tables showing which teams are VAR beneficiaries and which teams are not.
As for using VAR for some decisions and not others... oh my, a can of worms if ever there was one. I can see the argument for it but do I really want more VAR involvement in the game?
The change to the handball rule has good intentions but is probably going to raise more issues than the problem it is trying to fix. It needs to be looked at again.
For both VAR and the rule changes we need, at least, a season to assess their full influence. I suspect the impact of both will be quite pronounced.
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