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Using “thicker lines” for marginal offside decisions in the Premier League next season greeted by Danny Murphy, but talkSPORT said there was a “problem” with the delay caused by VAR


Danny Murphy hailed the introduction of “thicker lines” to determine marginal offside decisions in the Premier League from next season.

But the talkSPORT expert warned that this would not solve all VAR issues.

This should end goals like this that are not given

There have been numerous complaints regarding the use of the VAR since entering the top flight at the start of the 2019/20 season.

As reported by Time, thicker lines will be used in an effort to deal with extremely unpopular marginal offside decisions.

The system using thicker lines is already operational in other UEFA competitions and in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Its introduction to the Premier League means viewers and broadcasters will no longer see the process of drawing offside lines, but only the end result.

Using “thicker lines” for marginal offside decisions in the Premier League next season greeted by Danny Murphy, but talkSPORT said there was a “problem” with the delay caused by VAR
Goals like this, which were ruled offside, could stand in the Premier League next season
BT Sport

Agreement follows presentation by Professional Game Match Officials Limited [PGMOL] Chief umpires Mike Riley to the clubs at their annual general meeting on Thursday.

The change is expected to put the attacking team back in front after Premier League clubs gave their comments in a VAR poll last season. However, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) – the lawmakers of the game – does not specify the thickness of the lines.

Murphy is happy with the move, but believes more needs to be done regarding the delay issues VAR raises.


“It’s a step in the right direction,” Murphy told White and Jordan. “One of the favorite hatreds of supporters is these tiny offside decisions because of their shoulder or their knee.

“The further you get away from it by creating a thicker line or daylight, there are ways to do it. A thicker line gives more leeway to the attacking player.

“It means you could get more goals.

“The problem with all this offside, unrelated to the whole thick line, is the delay it causes and the players and fans can’t celebrate the goal because of a failure.

“That’s the problem for me.”

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