New handball rules for 2019/20: Former Premier League star slams ‘ludicrous’ changes and claims it gives pla

Micky Gray has slammed the changes to the handball rule that will come into effect next season.

The International FA Board (IFAB) confirmed earlier this year that the rules surrounding handball offenses and whether they are perceived as accidental or deliberate will change.

A host of new rules will come into affect in the Premier League and Champions League next season

Under the new regulations, goals scored or created with the use of a handball will not stand, regardless of whether the action is considered accidental or not.

Another change will see handball be given any time the ball comes into contact with a player’s arm when it is extended beyond a ‘natural silhouette’ to make themselves ‘unnaturally bigger’.

These rules were announced in March, but they came into the spotlight again after the Champions League final, where Liverpool were awarded a controversial penalty in the opening 25 seconds against Tottenham.

The ball appears to strike Moussa Sissoko’s arm

Fans widely disagreed with the decision to award a handball against Moussa Sissoko, as the ball first hit the Spurs midfielder’s chest before coming into contract with his arm.

Reds star Sadio Mane was also accused of aiming for Sissoko’s raised arm, as he attempted to tell team-mate Kieran Trippier to show the winger down the line.

And Gray not only disagrees with the new rule change, he believes more players will start targeting opponents arms in order to win penalties and free-kicks.

“I think that’s pretty ludicrous,” the Sunderland legend said on Tuesday’s Jim White show.

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“If you think about it, players who get in the box, if they’ve got no chance of getting past the defender they’re going to try and flick the ball up to and play it off a players’ hand.

“That’s completely wrong, it’s out of order!

“And I would argue with anybody who would stay to me that in a standing jump without using your arms you can jump higher. It’s a natural movement!

“If I’m trying to stop a cross, I’m making myself big as I possibly can so they think, ‘I can’t get the ball passed him here’.

“That’s what you do, that’s the game!

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“The ball is coming to your head and you have to jump for it, what are you doing with your arms? Are you going to put them behind your back?

“Absolutely not! If you don’t think you can get that high without using your arms for leverage, you’re going to miss it.

“That’s not football!

“One thing that worries me; we’ve got 20 chairman who have made the decision on VAR and maybe even the handball rule.

“Why aren’t they asking players? Why aren’t they asking referees?”