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WATCH West Ham vs Brighton marred by controversial VAR decision

Jonathan Byrne
Jonathan Byrne

16:52 27 Dec 2020

Another week of Premier League action and another week of controversial VAR decisions, this time with West Ham vs Brighton. 

The West Ham vs Brighton 2-2 draw seems like a fair score line on paper, but West Ham fans will be left feeling robbed by VAR.

The controversial game-deciding technology was brought into the fore for Brighton's second goal, a close-range effort from Lewis Dunk.

The Handball rule 

The old rule stated that handling the ball must be deliberate. The two things taken into account are the movement of a player's arm towards the ball and the distance between them and whoever last played the ball.

According to the new law, if a player deliberately touches the ball they are penalized, but a foul will also be given if they create a chance or score a goal from an accidental handball.

Any incident where a player's arms have been raised above shoulder-height is also likely to be given, or if they have made their body 'unnaturally' bigger.

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