Premier League to finally intervene in soft handball penalty rule

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The handball rule in the Premier League this season, has caused a lot of drama and confusion, just three games into the season.

A lot of soft handball calls have been given, and we saw Brighton punished at the death for a soft handball call against Manchester United.

Tottenham and Crystal Palace were the victims of harsh penalty calls, which has prompted the Premier League to try and intervene in the situation.

According to the Telegraph, the handball rule will be ‘softened’ with referees set to be asked to be more realistic in their interpretation of what is a “unnatural bigger” body position.

According to the report, there are no plans to scrap the law, but the referees will be permitted to now use their discretion, so that soft penalties from natural body movements will no longer be awarded.

Meanwhile, West Brom boss Slaven Bilic was furious his side didn’t get a win against Chelsea. There was a case of handball leading up to the goal, as the ball fondled Kai Havertz hand accidentally before it found its way to Tammy Abraham.

Bilic would have been expecting the goal to be cancelled after VAR review, but it stood, much to the annoyance of Bilic.

A new rule which was introduced last season ensured that an accidental handball leading to a goal won’t count if the passage of play goes past that moment.

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