The UEFA Council of Wise Men is asking for more clarity on the hands


Yesterday, Monday, the first meeting of ‘UEFA Football Board’ (Council of Wise Men) in Home of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland. Appointment where they deliberated on various topics, including the Laws of the Game and arbitration matters such as the intervention line, VAR, hand rule and players’ conduct.

In an interesting and constructive debate, he expressed his great satisfaction with the current level of refereeing in European club competitions, especially in UEFA champions league, and suggested that the same unified officiating approach should be applied to national competitions across Europe.

Regarding the Laws of the Game, which states that not every contact of a player’s hand or arm with the ball is an offence, they have made the following recommendations for the upcoming season, so that the Laws can be better adjusted to the nature of the game :

• On the one hand, it recommends that the UEFA Clarify that a handball offense shall not be awarded to a player if the ball has previously been deflected from his own body and, in particular, when the ball is not directed towards the goal.

• It also recommends that not all handballs automatically lead to a warning after every shot on goal, as the current rules provide.

• Referees are encouraged to be more decisive when warning players for unsporting behaviour, especially when they try to fool the referee by feigning an injury or feigning a foul.

• And urges the UEFA to take the initiative before the IFAB for the amendment of Law 12, which provides for a player to be sent off for denying the opposing team a goal or a clear scoring opportunity through a handball offence. It considers that players should only be sent off if they intentionally and deliberately touch the ball with their hand or arm. In case of other hand violations, the players should only be booked.

This meeting was attended by Eric Abidal, Rafael Benítez, Fabio Capello, Petr Čech, Luís Figo, Robbie Keane, Jürgen Klinsmann, Ronald Koeman, Philipp Lahm, Michael Laudrup, Paolo Maldini, Roberto, Martínez, Predrag, Mijatović, Gareth Southgate, Patrick Vieira, Rudi Völler, Javier Zanetti and Zinedine Zidane.

Other members like it Carlo Ancelotticoach of real Madrid and those who could not attend the meeting were also consulted and shared their views on these issues as part of this project.

Source: La Verdad


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