David Moyes urges IFAB to change the handball law

West Ham boss David Moyes has expressed the belief that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) should consider changing the handball law.
Moyes admitted this after West Ham were denied an injury-time equalizer against Sheffield United in the Premier League on Friday night. Oli McBurnie opened the scoring for Sheffield United but the Hammers thought they had snatched a point when Robert Snodgrass managed to squeeze a low shot between a post and goalie Dean Henderson.

However, their joy was cut short as VAR chalked off the ball as it had been headed against Declan Rice’s arm from point-blank range by Blade’s defender John Egan in the build up.

The decision was right based on the new handball laws that were introduced this season. However, Moyes felt the goal should’ve been allowed and referred to the decision as absolutely crazy.

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Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher said it was an embarrassing moment in his commentary for Sky Sports while Sheffield boss Chris Wilder sympathized with West Ham.


When asked if IFAB should consider changing the handball rule in their upcoming annual meeting on February 29 in Belfast, Moyes said:

“I think they do.

“We need to try and get them to change this ruling. We aren’t comfortable with it and at the moment there is a big campaign to try and change this ruling.

“There are lots of things we are not comfortable with. There is part of it where it can hit another defender’s arm and it won’t be a penalty.


“I could argue it wasn’t even in the same phase. Declan broke through, then it hit his arm, then he went on again, then there were three defenders behind the ball. We’ve been very unlucky there.

“I would be surprised if there wasn’t people in IFAB that weren’t ex-managers or ex-players but it looks like it is a law that nobody is really enjoying that much.”

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