FIFA president Gianni Infantino has spoken in favour of the offside rule changes suggested by former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, last week.
There has been a great deal of controversy over offsides in the Premier League this season, with a number of goals ruled out by very fine margins after VAR checks.
FIFA’s chief of global football development, Wenger, said last week that the law should be changed so that a player is onside if any part of their body that can score a goal is behind or level with the relevant defender, a view which Infantino clearly shares.
Infantino admitted the offside rule could be changed to introduce the so-called ‘daylight’ principle.
He said, “I’m certainly in favour of discussing a new way of looking at the offside rule, to see if it can help, because I think the issue is more an issue of understanding.
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“Some of (the decisions) are very, very close and it’s difficult for the people who are watching to see whether it’s offside, so we have to look at whether we can make the offside rule clearer by having light in between.”
The International Football Association Board (IFAB), which decides the laws of the game, will be meeting in Belfast this weekend, however, any immediate changes to the offside rule are not expected since any alterations would have to go through the proper process and be examined by IFAB’s football and technical advisory panels.
When asked whether some leeway could be introduced on VAR reviews, Infantino added: “It doesn’t solve the issue. Even if you put a margin of 10 centimetres and then if it’s 11, it’s still one more, if it’s 10 and a half… so it doesn’t solve it. It should be clear.”