FIFA asked to review handball rule

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The Union of European football Associations (UEFA) have requested FIFA president Gianni Infantino to vary the handball rule to cease growing frustration following a spate of penalties awarded for the offence.

In a letter to Infantino, UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin requested that soccer’s lawmakers alter the handball rule which has been in place since March last year, in order that referees can as soon as once more decide whether or not there’s intent when a participant handles the ball.

“The attempt to strictly define the cases where handling the ball is an offence has resulted in many unfair decisions which have been met with growing frustration and discomfort by the football community,” said Ceferin’s letter, which was sent on October 27.

The contents of the letter were confirmed to AFP’s sister sports agency in Germany, SID.

The news of the letter comes a day after the latest controversial spot-kick award, which put Chelsea two goals ahead in their 3-0 Champions League win over Rennes on Wednesday.

Rennes defender Dalbert, who had already given away the first penalty which had put Chelsea ahead, was sent off for a second booking following a VAR review when a Tammy Abraham shot bounced off his foot onto his arm.

Ceferin wrote to Infantino as it is the FIFA-controlled International Football Association Board which decides on the game’s laws.

FIFA has half of the eight IFAB votes, with the others belonging to the FAs of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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By Ofhani Munyai 

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