Premier League scrapping some handball rules after mutiny from referees

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The Premier League are prepared to lobby IFAB to scrap accidental “hand over the shoulder” handballs like Eric Dier’s.

Officials are already in talks with football’s lawmakers for a looser interpretation of strict new rules that have caused uproar.

And they have already won the right for referees to use more common sense on whether to punish some accidental handballs.

It comes after a mutiny from Premier League referees, who are just as unhappy at the rule change as players.

Handballs like the one given against Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward in a defeat to Everton will now NOT be given because his arm was not far enough away from his body.

Crystal Palace's Joel Ward sat dejected after the harsh decision against him earlier this month

But handballs like Dier’s against Newcastle MUST still be punished unless IFAB changes the law, because his arm was raised.

Referees have been told to take into account whether a player has put an arm out for balance, and whether he has any chance to move it out of the way.

The Premier League have already complained about the situation and are waiting for a response from IFAB, but will consider escalating that to a formal request for change.

Steve Bruce’s Newcastle benefitted from the call on Sunday though Magpies boss admitted the call was “total nonsense”.

VAR has played a big role in the handball calls this season

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Bruce told Sky Sports: "I can understand why Spurs will go berserk and [Crystal Palace boss] Roy Hodgson reacted like he did.

“It is a total nonsense, we should be jumping through hoops but I would be devastated if that was us.

“Maybe Roy is right, maybe we all need to get together. The decisions are ruining the spectacle. We have to get together as managers and say this must stop.

"If our goalkeeper didn't play as well first half they would have been out of sight. Second half we were better and posed a bit of a threat. Our goalkeeper has got us a point and a decision that went our way."

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