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Premier League tweaks controversial handball rule ahead of Match Day 4 fixtures

Premier League referees might be given a “tweaked” model of the handball legislation, the UK Mirror experiences.

Skilled Recreation Match Officers Restricted (PGMOL) will ship out a recent directive to officers, following quite a few controversial choices final weekend.

PGMOL chief, Mike Riley, has already acquired backing from soccer lawmakers, Worldwide Soccer Affiliation Board (IFAB), because it regards the “proximity” of opponents when the ball hits the arm of an opponent and likewise the place of the arm.

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Which means Everton’s penalty in opposition to Joel Ward wouldn’t have been awarded, as a result of the Crystal Palace defender can be adjudged too near get out of the way in which.

However Tottenham defender, Eric Dier, would nonetheless be deemed to offer away a penalty, as a result of based on legislation 12, the ball struck his arm when it was above his shoulder.

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The Dier resolution particularly attracted a variety of backlash, however the Premier League doesn’t consider there may be any room for manoeuvre underneath the brand new handball rule on the place of the arm.

Riley is hopeful the brand new directive, which was mentioned at Tuesday’s Premier League assembly, will assist referees because it comes on this weekend.

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