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UEFA refereeing officer Rosetti clarified handball rule before Euro 2020

UEFA refereeing officer Rosetti clarified handball rule before Euro 2020

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UEFA refereeing officer Rosetti clarified handball rule before Euro 2020

UEFA’s top refereeing officer, Roberto Rosetti ahead of Euro 2020 conducted a meeting with the Italy squad, where he discussed changes to the handball rule and warned against apparent protestations. Rosetti clarified the handball rule for the European competition which has been delayed by a year due to the global pandemic Covid-19. 

The former UEFA referee conversed with the Azzurri to explain how they should conduct themselves in the approaching postponed competition. As per ANSA, he urged them to avoid making objections clearly visible by raising their arms and shouting at the referee because this will not be accepted in Serie A. Another modification is a tweak to the handball rule, which was discussed last month during a briefing for officials.

“As the interpretation of handball incidents has not always been consistent due to incorrect applications of the law, IFAB has confirmed that not every touch of a player’s hand/arm with the ball is an offence,” noted the UEFA statement.

“In terms of the criterion of the hand/arm making a player’s body “unnaturally bigger”, IFAB has also confirmed that referees should continue to use their judgment in determining the validity of the hand/arm’s position in relation to the player’s movement in that specific situation.

“It is a handball offence if a player:

– deliberately touches the ball with their hand/arm, for example moving the hand/arm towards the ball;

– touches the ball with their hand/arm when it has made their body unnaturally bigger. A player is considered to have made their body unnaturally bigger when the position of their hand/arm is not a consequence of, or justifiable by, the player’s body movement for that specific situation. By having their hand/arm in such a position, the player takes a risk of their hand/arm being hit by the ball and being penalised;


– scores in the opponents’ goal:

– directly from their hand/arm, even if accidental, including by the goalkeeper; or

– immediately after the ball has touched their hand/arm, even if accidental.

“Accidental handball that leads to a team-mate scoring a goal or having a goal-scoring opportunity will no longer be considered an offence.”

Before entering the tournament, all 24 teams will receive a similar visit from a UEFA official to make sure everyone understands the rules.

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