Premier League Clubs Propose Change To VAR For Next Season
Premier League clubs have asked for referees to make a change to the way in which offsides are being decided with the use of VAR.
One of the major gripes many fans, players and managers alike have had with VAR since it was implemented into the top flight is the constant disallowing of goals for a player's armpit or toe being offside.
There have been a whole host of examples throughout the season, specifically Gabriel Jesus' goal on the opening weekend and Roberto Firmino's goal against Aston Villa - and now those high up at clubs have raised their point with referee chiefs, as per The Times.
Specifically, clubs are demanding that a new system be put in place whereby attacking players are given 10cm leeway in regards to offside calls.
In response, MIke Riley, who heads up the Professional Games Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL), revealed to chairmen of Premier League clubs that nine goals out of the 25 goals chalked off for offside using VAR, would have stood if that extra freedom was given to attackers.
It's said that PGMOL are happy to make the change agreed on but the next step would be to receive the backing of the International FA board (IFAB).
In a five-step plan on how the league can improve its use of VAR, former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg stressed that offsides should be excluded from the process.
"Go back to the assistant referee flagging for offside," Clattenburg wrote in his column for the Daily Mail in December.
"Yes, mistakes will be made, but I think the five goals that were disallowed over the weekend for marginal offsides - toes and armpits - would all have stood.
"And at least this removes the farcical nature of players not knowing if they are offside before scoring a goal. If you see a flag, you're off. VAR was never introduced to rule out the types of marginal offsides we have seen recently."