VAR Offside Laws To Be Reviewed After Prem Controversy

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 14, 2019

Federation Internationale de Football Association and the governing bodies of the four home nations will form the review panel - as members of IFAB - following a controversial opening weekend of the Premier League which was using VAR for the first time.

On Saturday, Sterling scored a second-half hat-trick to help City open their 2019/20 Premier League account with a comprehensive 5-0 win over West Ham United.

Raheem Sterling's shoulder was ruled to be offside by just mere millimeters before he squared a pass for Gabriel Jesus to score at the London Stadium.

If there is to be changes to the way VAR is implemented it will likely take place in March when the IFAB holds its annual meeting.

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That means Premier League clubs will have to roll with it for the time being and the VAR debate will have to rumble on.

Similar marginal offside calls saw Jesse Lingard have a goal ruled out for England against Holland in the Nations League semi-finals, while the women's World Cup also had similar troubles with the technology.

Referees' chief Mike Riley told The Times: "There is a philosophical debate as to whether it's clear and obvious and a technological debate and a laws of the game debate".

"It will evolve over the next three or four years. We have already gone from a 2D line on the pitch to what you have seen in the Champions League, which is the lines coming down which is more accurate, and I've no doubt the software companies are looking at something which is even more accurate".

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