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Video referees set to drive major rule changes

World Leagues

LONDON - Video referees could help introduce key rule changes in 25 areas of the game such as awarding a penalty goal for a handball offence on the goal line, soccer's lawmaking body has said.

David Elleray, the technical director of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), said video assistant referees could trigger key changes to the handball rule to make the game fairer.

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David Elleray is also a former Premier League referee and was chairman of the English FA's Referees Committee. Photo: Reuters /Hannah McKay

Elleray said incidents like Luis Suarez's handball on the line during Uruguay's 2010 World Cup match against Ghana was discussed. The African side missed the resulting penalty and a chance to qualify to the semi-finals of the tournament.

"The IFAB is looking at 25 areas of the game aiming to make it fairer and handball is one of those," the 62-year-old former referee told the Times.

"One of those areas we are discussing is incidents similar to the handball by Luis Suárez in the 2010 World Cup.

"A lot of people have said in those kind of incidents why can't you give that as a goal if it is clearly going in."

The video assistance, which is being tested ahead of the 2018 World Cup, played a key role earlier this week when it disallowed an offside goal from France striker Antoine Griezmann in a friendly against Spain.

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