Fifa may amend offside law

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Zurich – Fifa's rules-making panel will consider changing how the offside law is interpreted at its annual meeting next month.

Fifa says the panel, known as Ifab, will also examine closing a loophole regarding uncontested dropped balls, after a controversial goal scored by Shakhtar Donetsk against Nordsjaelland in the Champions League.

The group comprising Fifa and four British football associations will be updated on introducing goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup when it meets March 1-2 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Fifa says its refereeing department suggests tweaking offside rules to clarify when attackers standing in an offside position can legally influence play.

Proposals state that an attacker receiving the ball from a rebound or deflection should be considered offside. However, an attacker receiving a backpass from the defending team should continue play. – Sapa-AP

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