New Handball Guidance Made Clear At Start of Euro 2020
By admin - June 14, 2021

One of the main taboos in soccer is touching the ball with your hands (unless you’re the goalkeeper). In this case, they’re loosening up the strict protocol with a new interpretation, which doesn’t involve cheap penalties. Here are the highlights:

  • In just the first game, things were already underway to change things up. In the game with Italy and Turkey, you saw Italy’s players pleading with UEFA referee, Danny Makkelie, to give a Turkey defender a penalty for the ball striking his arm.
  • Fans are using to penalties being award especially with the use of video assistant referees (VARs).
  • Makkelie waved the appeals, which didn’t matter because Italy had a dominant 3-0 win.
  • Apparently, certain soccer laws have been motion since March. The panel for these motions said that not every touch of a player’s hand/arm would rule a penalty. 
  • UEFA director of refereeing, Robert Rosetti, said the handball law was more catered to the spirit of football and give the players a bit more leeway. 
  • As a result, it’s not a penalty if the defender didn’t move their arm toward the ball. 
  • Makkelie’s judgment and VARs monitoring things on numerous screens led him to waive penalties both times for Turkey. 
  • It’ll be interesting to see how this goes on as the games get more intense and players may use this tactic to their advantage.