‘The Game’s gone’- The entire football community is furious over the new handball rule

The new handball rule which has been implemented this season in the English Premier League has been heavily criticized by the entire football community.

New Handball Rule

The Premier League is being heavily criticized for the new handball rule. The English Premier League has been harsh in enforcing the IFAB’s guidelines for ‘handball decisions‘. Even managers like Steve Bruce whose side was favoured because of this new rule have criticized the new handball rule. Many have demanded to scrap the rule immediately.

With just three game weeks completed, EPL has been receiving criticisms from the entire football community.  This new hand ball rule seems very cruel on the part of the defenders. Fan and experts have opined that this new law is killing football.

The new handball rule explained

The controversies so far

Prior to the 2019-20 season The International Football Association Board (IFAB) made amendments to many laws of the game. One such amendment included the highly criticized handball rule. IFAB removed the concept of intention from the handball rule and amended it. The new rule states, ‘any goal scored or created with the use of the hand or arm will be disallowed this season even if it is accidental.’

This controversial amendment will now be favorable the attackers. The attackers will now purposefully strike the ball towards the arm of a defender and win a penalty. This new rule is being heavily criticized for making the defender’s life a living hell while favoring the attackers.

This rule was implemented in Serie A and La Liga last season. It was subjected to heavy criticisms since then as players were awarded penalty for unintentional handballs too. Many criticized the law stating that the new handball rule is morally incorrect and is killing the game completely.

Football Community reacts to the enforcement of the new handball rule which resulted in several controversies


In the past three weeks the penalty decisions made by the referees in EPL have been heavily criticized by everyone. During yesterday’s clash between Newcastle and Spurs, Magpies was awarded with a penalty which made Mourinho and several others furious. Magpies was awarded the spot kick after the ball touched Eric Dier’s arm. Though Dier was looking in the other direction, he was found guilty by the referee.

This led to Newcastle equalizing spurs in the dying moments of the game. Similarly Joel Ward’s arm was in contact with the ball accidently as he was looking in the opposite direction. But the referee awarded a spot kick to Everton as per the new rule which left Crystal Palace players fuming. Victor Lindelof , Neil Maupay, Robin Koch and Matt Doherty are the others victims to the new handball rule.

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