After the debacles of the CL final, when VAR awarded with 3 minutes only of the game played a penalty to Liverpool, to the shenanigans in the women's world cup, now the premier league referee's chief Mike Riley, says that when VAR is used next season," handballs will need to be 100% convinced of they are deliberate".
And then the referee's chief says " that arms are part of the game and as long as you are not trying to extend your body to block a shot then there is more scope so that we don’t penalise".
So changing the law now.
And then he says "What we don’t want to create is a culture when defenders have to defend with their hands behind their back or where it is acceptable for attackers to try to drill the ball at their hand to win a penalty."
I think that's too late.
When asked about the pen given against Spurs in the CL final, he said
"Sissoko’s a really interesting one," Riley added. "In real time it looks a clear penalty. With VAR you can actually see what he’s doing, and he’s not interested in trying to block the cross, he’s saying to the covering defender, 'Get over there and fill the space.'"
And he said
"That’s not a deliberate act of extending the arm away from the body. You also see the ball deflects off the chest on to the arm, and if you put everything together and apply the philosophy we do here, we wouldn’t say that was handball."
So VAR gave that pen and VAR was wrong according to Riley?
Of course, Liverpool were beneficials of the VAR call wrongly awarding the pen, by the admission of the referee's chief Riley
But now VAR also is helping bad defending and clever forward play when strikers are being called offside by 0.1mm?
Should we even be using VAR next season?
So now they are changing VAR handball