what football really thinks of the new handball rules – The Athletic

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ unfiltered reaction to Gabriel Jesus’ goal against his side disallowed on Saturday was an effective summary of the head-scratching disbelief that has become football’s latest lightning rod.

Welcome to handball, 2019.

The new definition of what constitutes a breach of laws this season is both vexing and perplexing and has already been highlighted by two high-profile examples in the first two rounds of the Premier League.

The law, amended by the IFAB (International Football Association Board) on June 1, now states that any use of the hand that leads to a goal or a chance will be sanctioned. Basically, there is no longer a gray area as to whether an incident is accidental or not.

Farewell “ball in hand”. This is the era of handball where no human discretion counts.

If the VAR shows that the ball hit an arm during the build-up or scoring of a goal, there will be no joy for the attacking team.

Last season’s Champions League embraced the concept ahead of the IFAB’s big rollout this summer, which resulted in a few controversial moments.

The impact of the change was quick to hit English domestic football.

In the first week of the Premier League, the Wolves midfielder