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Arsene Wenger Working to Change VAR Offside Rules



Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, is working to re-write the offside law, in order to end controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decisions, the UK Mirror reports.

Wenger believes players in attacking positions should be deemed onside, if any part of their body is in line with the last opponent.

The Frenchman, who is now FIFA’s Chief of Global Football, feels the introduction of VAR has heavily favoured defenders.

Part of his role includes working on the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body that sets the laws of the game.

Goals are being disallowed for marginal calls, with a player ruled offside if any part of the body which can be used to score strays beyond the last defender

“I am in the middle of the controversial situation with VAR and it is clear that the most difficult thing that people have with it is the offside rule.

“You have had offsides by a margin of a fraction of a centimetre, offside literally by a nose.

“I believe it is the time to do this very quickly.

“There is room to change the rule a little bit and not say that a part of a player’s nose is offside, so you are offside because you can score with that.

“Instead, you will not be offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender – even if other parts of the attacker’s body are in front.

“That will sort it out because you will no longer have decisions about millimetres and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line,” Wenger said at the Laureus Sports Awards.

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