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VAR Offside Laws To Be Reviewed After Premier League Controversy On Opening Weekend

VAR Offside Laws To Be Reviewed After Premier League Controversy On Opening Weekend

Football's lawmakers are considering changes to VAR rules after a weekend filled with controversy - but not until March at the earliest.

The technology caused quite a stir when it was used for the first time in the Premier League on the opening weekend.

And The Times report that the International FA Board (IFAB) will review the VAR approach, especially for marginal offside calls.

One suggestion that will be weighed up is that video officials only intervene if there is a clear error.

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The VAR protocol will reportedly be examined by IFAB members over the next few months, and any decision to change the rules are likely to be made at an annual meeting in March.

Gabriel Jesus had a goal disallowed in Manchester City's win at West Ham after being adjudged offside by the slimmest of margins
Gabriel Jesus had a goal disallowed in Manchester City's win at West Ham after being adjudged offside by the slimmest of margins
VAR caused uproar and debate with Gabriel Jesus' goal one of the key talking points
VAR caused uproar and debate with Gabriel Jesus' goal one of the key talking points

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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.

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Gabriel Jesus had a goal disallowed in Manchester City's thrashing of West Ham at the London Stadium after Raheem Sterling was adjudged offside by the slimmest of margins.

The Brazilian thought he put his team 3-0 ahead, only for TV cameras to show that his team-mate was millimetres offside in the build-up.

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. If one of the ways you can help simplify the process and speed up is to tweak the law then that might be something for consideration.

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"You are balancing that with the technology and what can it do. 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."

Sunni Upal

Sunni Upal is editor at SPORTbible