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We won't change football rules, VAR stands - IFAB

16th Sept, 2019 | By Gyang Dakwo | ||

International Football Association Board (IFAB), FIFA's rulemaking body, has responded to calls for a change in its rules. It said it has no plans to review the hand-ball rule following the disallowed goal scored by Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus in the 2-2 draw with Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspurs over a week ago.

Jesus scored what he thought was a late winner for City, but the ball had arrived at his feet after deflecting off the arm of teammate Aymeric Laporte, who was attempting to head it. The goal was initially allowed to stand in real time, only for a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) check to subsequently rule it out. The IFAB said this is in accordance to the updated hand-ball law which states that: 'It is an offence if a player gains possession/control of the ball after it has touched their hand/arm and then scores in the opponent's goal or creates a goalscoring opportunity.'

However, the incident still sparked huge controversy as people take time to adjust to both the new rules and additional technology. Some have taken out their anger on VAR even though it accurately upheld the laws of the game. Others vented frustration at the laws themselves. A statement from IFAB's spokesperson Lukas Brud, said: "The laws are fairly clear. It's more about acceptance and communication rather than saying 'Oh, now we have to react immediately and change something'."

Meanwhile, football's lawmaking body has urged the English Premier League and other competitions to follow the same rules on the involvement of VAR technology. The move comes after concern that the Premier League and Bundesliga in particular were applying different interpretations over the use of VAR than the ones handed out by IFAB.

The Premier League and Bundesliga have opted to leave the decision on whether a goalkeeper had moved off the line to on-field officials with VAR only intervening if there is a clear mistake by the officials. But IFAB insisted that VAR "must check for any offence by the goalkeeper (and/or the kicker) and the VAR must inform the referee if there is clear replay evidence."

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The Minister said these after a meeting of the FCT Security Committee which comprises heads of the police, military and para-military formations in FCT as well as Area Council Chairmen and religious leaders.

The cheery news is coming as Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu will headline a distinguished galaxy of stakeholders for the FCT pension stakeholders retreat this week.

Finally last week, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) took over managing and operating the newly- completed Nigeria-Korea Model School in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his Administration will continue to fashion policies designed to ensure employment and security of all citizens, especially the youth.

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has decried the lynching of three suspected traffic robbers popularly known as 'One chance' in Dutsen Alhaji area of Abuja last week.

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) always makes public the allocations in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's Change Agenda which harps on transparency, anti-corruption and accountability, tenets which FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has made his beacon.


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