Arsene Wenger proposes changes to offside law 

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In a bid to end the VAR controversy, FIFA’s head of global development Arsene Wenger wants to see a change in the offside law in time for this year’s European Championships.

Wenger’s proposals would mean a player will be deemed onside if any part of their body is level or behind the last defender.

The former Arsenal manager wants a player to be deemed onside if any part of the body which can legitimately score a goal is level or behind the last defender, even if other parts of their body are between the last defender and the goal.

You will not be offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender, even if other parts of the attacker’s body are in front, “proposes Wenger.

“That will sort it out and you will no longer have decisions about millimetres and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line, “added Wenger.

Wenger has drafted his proposals to be adopted at the annual general meeting of International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Northern Ireland on February 29.

The current rule states a player is in an offside position if any part of the head, body or feet is in the opponents’ half and any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line.

By Ofhani Munyai

 

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