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Report: Big Changes In The Pipeline For Handballs And Penalties

Report: Big Changes In The Pipeline For Handballs And Penalties
By Eoin Lyons Updated

There could be big changes coming in football soon according to a report in the Telegraph, which details proposals from the International FA board (IFAB) to make amendments to the rules surrounding penalties and handballs.

One of those changes is the altering of penalty kicks so that if a spot kick is saved or hits the frame of the goal then the ball is 'dead' and scoring from a rebound is no longer an option.

This would mean goals like the one scored by Paul Pogba against Everton last Saturday would not be allowed. Pogba's initial shot was saved by Jordan Pickford but the ball cannoned off the England stopper and fell to the feet of the Frenchman who gobbled up the rebound.

If the change came into play it would rule out the problem of players encroaching in the box when a penalty is taken.

Perhaps a more realistic rule change is the interpretation of what constitutes 'deliberate' handball. There is currently a lot of controversy around what constitutes deliberate handball in the box with a proposal to amend the rule so that handballs are given when the arm is in an 'unnatural position' at the point of contact.

Other points of discussion include the forbidding managers to make substitutions in extra time due to concern around clubs using the opportunity to waste time.

IFAB will meet next Monday and Tuesday in order to decide what proposals to bring to their annual meeting in March of next year.


H/T: The Telegraph

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