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Ceferin hits out at offside and handball rules: 'You are penalised if you have a big nose or big feet' - The Athletic

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has hit out at the current offside and handball rules, claiming that: “You are penalised if you have a big nose or big...

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Ceferin hits out at offside and handball rules: 'You are penalised if you have a big nose or big feet' - The Athletic Image

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has hit out at the current offside and handball rules, claiming that: “You are penalised if you have a big nose or big feet”.

The laws are set by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), headquartered like UEFA in Switzerland.

Ceferin specifically criticised how VAR judged players offside by “five millimetres”, as well as claiming that “nobody understands anything” about handball.

Speaking in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe ahead of the UEFA Congress in Vienna, Ceferin said: “At the start, VAR was too slow. Now, in European competition, it’s a lot quicker.

“But the fact that there can be an offside by five millimetres is still an issue for me. You are penalised if you have a big nose or big feet… and I have a problem with handballs. Nobody understands anything anymore. It should be clarified.”

He also revealed that he had discussed the issue with Luis Figo, former Portugal and Real Madrid legend.

“Figo told me the other day that if he was playing these days, if he didn’t know what to do with the ball, he would shoot at the defender’s hands.”

An example of Figo’s idea could be seen in Liverpool’s 2-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 Champions League final, where Sadio Mane won his side an early penalty after aiming the ball at Moussa Sissoko’s outstretched arm.

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