The VAR rule that could affect Chelsea

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Chelsea were among the worst hit clubs in the Premier League by VAR last season, as time and again many controversial decisions went against the Blues.

The International Football Association Board has decided to step in to help address the controversies with football decisions and has told referees to make use of the pitch-side monitors for VAR review starting from next season.

The IFAB statement reads: “Where a reviewable incident is subjective, the expectation is that the referee will undertake an ‘on-field review.”

Prior to now, the video decisions were strictly handled by the VAR team and the information passed down to the centre referee. This has however led to a lot of controversial decisions.

The IFAB statement also clarifies whether accidental handballs by attacking players should lead to punishments.

“Accidental handball by an attacking player should only be penalised if it immediately results in a goal or an obvious opportunity for the player and/or their team to score a goal (i.e. following the handball, the ball travels only a short distance and/or there are very few passes),” the statement added.

There will also be a decision made to the offside rule that has as well caused a bit of controversy.

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