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Football lawmakers, IFAB confirms change in handball rule

The Worldwide Soccer Affiliation Board (IFAB) has introduced that the incidents of unintended handball that result in a team-mate scoring a purpose or having a goal-scoring alternative, will now not be thought-about an offence.

Soccer’s law-making physique confirmed this in the present day in an announcement.

The controversial part of the handball legislation was enforced in the course of the Premier League sport between Fulham and Tottenham on Thursday night time.

Fulham had a purpose by Josh Maja dominated out, when the ball cannoned into the hand of his team-mate Mario Lemina from a Davinson Sanchez clearance.

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IFAB has now agreed on the change, which comes into impact from July 1.

Nevertheless, competitions have the flexibleness to introduce modifications earlier than that date.

An IFAB assertion learn: “Because the interpretation of handball incidents has not all the time been constant resulting from incorrect functions of the legislation, the members confirmed that not each contact of a participant’s hand/arm with the ball is an offence.”

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It added: “Unintentional handball that results in a team-mate scoring a purpose or having a goal-scoring alternative will now not be thought-about an offence.”

It can stay a handball offence if a participant scores by chance with their hand or arm, or makes use of their hand or arm straight earlier than scoring.

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