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Irons among clubs to lobby for handball and VAR changes

West Ham will be lobbying for the new handball rule to be scrapped when the International Football Association Board (Ifab) holds its annual meeting on February 29.

The absurdity of seeing Robert Snodgrass’ goal ruled out as a result of unavoidable arm contact from Declan Rice at Sheffield United has convinced not only the Irons but most other Premier League clubs the rule must be binned.

And a Hammers insider told ClaretandHugh this evening that they believe there has to be a time limit of 30 seconds on VAR decisions when deciding if a goal is offside or not.

He said that if it wasn’t possible to make a decision in half a minute by VAR then the referee’s original verdict should be upheld.

He said: “It’s all taking far too long at times and it’s unfair to the fans inside the stadium – both issues are likely to get unanimous support by chairman across the League where managers have made their feeling clear this is the way forward. The handball rule simply has to go and we need that VAR improvement too”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Irons among clubs to lobby for handball and VAR changes

  1. After over 30 years as a ST holder, I’m done with this **** unless VAR gets rectified in a massive way. It has a place for clear and obvious errors, but being used as a deferment tool is a joke.
    All the years people slagged off refs and lino’s and it turns out they were’t too bad after all.
    Basically, let the ref do his job and pull him if he makes a mistake, simple. If the VAR refs want to discuss something, they tell the real ref, it’s that easy.
    Also, we may as well get rid of linos as well. The literally are too scared to flag these days in case they get it wrong. And anyone can call a throw in.

  2. It’ll need a fair few number of clubs to even have a chance of any changes mid season

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