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Next Season's Law Changes Make For Interesting Reading

Ryan Sidle

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Next Season's Law Changes Make For Interesting Reading

Neil Warnock claimed that the Premier League was the best league in the world with the worst referees and if the men in black are struggling at the moment then they're got some more laws to learn for next season.

Oh how Neil Warnock wished there was VAR in the Premier League this season. Chelsea's equaliser against Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon was clearly offside but the linesman's flag stayed down and the Blues went on to win.


Warnock was apoplectic after full time and understandably. Next season the referee will have the option of checking the screens as VAR is introduced to the league.

Of course video officials don't sort everything and have even been known to make their own controversial decisions but generally things are better.

However officials will have more to contend with next season with the new laws confirmed next season and there's some big changes to handballs and free kicks:

Just this season Wolves equaliser against Manchester City, in their 1-1 draw at the beginning of the season, wouldn't have counted due to the ball striking Wily Bolly's hand.

In October 2016 Arsenal scored a controversial winner against Burnley when the goal went in off Laurent Koscielny's hand but it wasn't deliberate so the goal stood. The new rules gets rid of those issues.

Koscielny scored a controversial winner with his hands. Image: PA Images
Koscielny scored a controversial winner with his hands. Image: PA Images

Goal kicks not leaving the area and free kicks being allowed to be taken quickly before a card is distributed will allow for a quicker game and allow for counter attacking football to flourish.

Keepers will have to be more wary though as a striker will be able to nick in ahead of a defender when the ball isn't leaving the area and be through on goal.

Will officials be able to get a grip of the new laws and what laws would you like to see come in?

Topics: Football News, Chelsea, Neil Warnock, English Football, Handball, Premier League, Penalty, Cardiff City

Ryan Sidle
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