Inadvertent hand play immediately before scoring a goal or in a scoring situation will no longer be considered a rule violation. This was decided by the legislature of the football game - the International Council of Football Associations (IFAB).
IFAB confirmed the change in the regulations. The reason for this is the incorrect interpretations of the different types of play with the attacker's hand.
A goal scored by hand, whether intentionally or not, will not be considered. The new rules are likely to take effect on July 1st.
The controversial hand-to-hand section played a role Thursday when Fulham and Tottenham faced off in a Premier League match. The Cottages scored through Josh Maja. He took control after a ricochet in Mario Lemina's hand, as the ball was sent to his limb after a close-up of Davinson Sanchez.
"As the interpretation of hand-to-hand accidents has not always been consistent due to its incorrect application, changes should be made to decisions on hand-to-hand accidents". IFAB members confirmed that not every touch of the hand from the ball in the penalty area will be treated as a violation. Accidental contact of the ball with the hand of a football player, which causes a teammate to score a goal or have a chance to score, will no longer be considered a violation. It remains a violation of hand-to-hand situations if a player accidentally scores with his hand or uses it before realizing, ”IFAB announced.