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Premier League offside VAR seeks to change the verdict

The Premier League is pushing FIFA to give a ‘margin of error’ in tight offside calls after a new number of controversies this season.

According to the Mail report, RDVC is also seeking feedback from PGML chief Mike Riley Dutch FA after accepting a 10cm ‘lineman’s call’ instead of ignoring FIFA’s zero tolerance approach.

The system uses two 5cm lines to show the VAR judge offside and if they touch, the final decision rests with the on-field officials.

Riley was offered a similar idea in the Premier League earlier this year but was told by FIFA that he would not support such an approach after the IFAB took control of the law.

FIFA’s position is ‘offside offside’, but there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the incident, such as Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson’s latest sigh of relief against Everton, with Sadio Mann’s shoulder just a millimeter offside.

The Premier League will have to propose a law change before next Sunday to discuss it at its annual business meeting later this year – and any agreed changes will not take effect until next season.

Offside is expected to be on the IFAB agenda anyway, with world football’s top FIFA player Arsene Wenger keen to bring his own rules where a player can score on any part of his body equal to the end defender.

Changes to the IFAB and FIFA’s annual rules have allowed traditional, one of the most recent goal kicks to be given to a player in the region – which has led many to adopt the strategy.

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A view of the VAR system pitch side
A view of the VAR system pitch side (Image: (PA / PA images))

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