Enacted by the IFAB last March, the new law of the game on the hands will be applied during the Euro. And it may well cause some controversy.
The body that sets the rules of football has decided to make some changes and clarify the rule on the hands. Due to come into force from 1 July, the new legislation will be inaugurated at the European Championship on the decision of Roberto Rosetti, chairman of the UEFA Referees Committee. If this new law was put in place to clarify the issue of hand whistling, it could have the opposite effect.
” Any contact between the ball and the arm or hand of a player does not necessarily constitute an infringement. “, Indicated in the preamble the text of the IFAB, the body guaranteeing the laws of the game. From now on, a hand will therefore be punishable if it is voluntary, going deliberately towards the ball, or if it results from an enlargement of the surface bodily. However, the new rule is rather vague on the last point mentioned.
Read also: Giroud, one more slip …
” It is considered that a player has artificially increased the area covered by his body when the position of his arm or hand is not a consequence of the movement of his body in that specific situation or is not justifiable by such movement, indicates the IFAB. By having his arm or hand in such a position, the player takes the risk of touching the ball with these parts of the body and thus of being sanctioned.. “It will therefore now be up to the referees to judge the regularity of the position of the arm. This should make it more difficult for the men in black who will have more pressure to deal with in order not to make mistakes.
Read also:Deschamps’ tackle at GiroudA record for GiroudGiroud, the reason for his rant?