VAR did its job disallowing Gabriel Jesus’ goal – it’s the handball law that’s wrong


 When Gabriel Jesus’ last minute goal was chalked off due to Aymeric Laporte’s accidental handball, the VAR haters came out in force  VAR though is doing what it is supposed to do, which is to dramatically increase the accuracy of decisions that affect the outcome of matches  The problem is the new Law 12 regarding handballs, which states:“Handball offence if a player: Gains possession/control of the ball after it has touched their hand/arm and then scores, or creates a goal-scoring opportunity ”  This rule is the issue.  Because the powers that be, in their effort to make football as robotic and therefore “fair” as possible, have removed any room for personal interpretation or ambiguity, yet have this has actually made the game more unfair  Under the old rule, any player could commit an accidental handball at any time and should go unpunished, so it was always equal and fair at that point It didn’t matter who was in attack or who was defending.  Referees were left to interpret what was deliberate, or accidental, or whether an arm was in a natural or unnatural position, but often this could be inconsistent from referee to referee and from game to game  So, to combat this inconsistency, Law 12 was introduced this season.  However, because these interpreted decisions were consistently, inconsistent, it was generally accepted that over the course of time, the benefits of these decisions would even themselves out and across a full season it would generally be fair for all teams  This new handball rule won’t ever even itself out through, because only the attacking team are penalised for accidental handballs and therefore teams that are more attacking will be penalised much more often   In City’s game vs Spurs, they had 30 attempts on goal to Tottenham ’s three, they had 11 more corners and also had 52 touches in the opponent’s box versus Tottenham’s five in the City box  That means City were around 10 times more likely to lose out due to the new rule and this will continue for every game they play this season  The rule isn’t only unfair, it also penalises attacking football and reduces the number of goals – which no football fan wants  Go back to the old way, it wasn’t perfect, but it was better!

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