The International Football Association Board (IFAB) will be meeting 29 February and Arsene Wenger will be suggesting slight changes to the VAR offside rules.
The controversy and heavy criticism that VAR has come under since its introduction in English football have led to the powers that be to rethink and adjust how it should be used in football.
Many teams across England’s various division have had goals revoked due to players having a body part just millimetres offside.
IFAB General Secretary Lukas Brud stated in December 2019 that the English Premier League was using the VAR technology incorrectly.
He stated that officials were spending too much time and punishing teams over marginal offside infractions.
“Clear and obvious still remains – it’s an important principle. There should not be a lot of time spent to find something marginal,” Lukas Brud said.
Arsene Wenger who now sits on the IFAB technical panel suggested making minor changes to the VAR offside rules when the body meets on 29 February.
The changes would apply to minor offside infractions that have no relevance on a players ability to score a goal as he went on to explain:
“[I’m speaking about] the offside by a margin of a fraction of a centimetre,”
“Maybe there is room to change the offside rule a little bit so we don’t say a part of his nose was offside.”
“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”.
Any changes to what has so far turned out to be a dismal first run of the VAR technology in English football will definitely be most welcomed by players, managers and supporters who have continued to complain that the technology was robbing the game.