UEFA to introduce new handball technology for Euro 2024 after string of blunders

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Written By Maya Cantina

UEFA are ready to use microchip technology to punish handball in Euro 2024.‌

The revolutionary microchip will be inside the Adidas ball for the tournament next summer and it can check for handball as well as offsides in the build-up to goals. It will use limb-tracking technology for VARs to create computerised images to show exactly where the ball hits a player on the body.

‌The Premier League have struggled even with replays to prove where the ball has hit players on the arm while UEFA were caught up in a storm last week when officials wrongly gave Paris Saint Germain a late penalty against Newcastle ’s Tino Livramento for handball.

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‌This new technology will help clear up the uncertainty to fall into line with the laws of the game which state a goal should be disallowed if scored “directly from their hand/arm even if accidental” or in the build-up.

‌Microchip technology was also used at the last World Cup by FIFA for semi-automated offsides which was a huge success and the decisions were resolved quickly and then shown on the big screens.

‌The hope is that the Premier League will use semi automated offsides next season and the new handball technology will also be used in next year’s Euros and could be another game changer.






Tino Livramento's handball call highlighted the errors that can be made by officials
Tino Livramento’s handball call highlighted the errors that can be made by officials
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Matches in European competition have underlined how differently referees interpret handballs in comparison to those in the Premier League. In the Champions League, UEFA follow the rules set by IFAB, which state ‘making a body unnaturally bigger’ is an offence. The full handball rules used by UEFA state it is handball if a player ‘deliberately touches the ball with their hand/arm, for example moving the hand/arm towards the ball, or. Touches the ball with their hand/arm when it has made their body unnaturally bigger.’

It is also deemed an office if: ‘A player is considered to have made their body unnaturally bigger when the position of their hand/arm is not a consequence of, or justifiable by, the player’s body movement for that specific situation. By having their hand/arm in such a position, the player takes a risk of their hand/arm being hit by the ball and being penalised.’

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