BRING BACK OLD HANDBALL LAW
YOUR various correspondents have come up with a number of suggestions for improving the implementation of VAR in football (Letters, January 25 & 27). However, they ignore the elephant in the room – the actual rules of the game. By far the most vexatious issue with VAR is undoubtedly the award of penalty kicks for handball. The powers that be have come up with guidance that is so contorted as to leave VAR officials and match referees in total confusion over the issue.
Decisions such as the handball given against Efe Ambrose last Saturday leave fans and pundits in a state of disbelief. The only way to improve this flawed law is to revert to it having to be deliberate handball. While this remains open to interpretation, VAR would assist in getting most calls correct. Otherwise, it should apply to handball in all circumstances, which would be manifestly unfair but there would be no arguments.
Gordon Evans, Glasgow.