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Wenger hopes to have new offside rule in place in time for Euro 2020

Arsene Wenger is hopeful that a new offside rule will be in place in time for this summer’s European Championship finals.

The former Arsenal manager, currently working as FIFA’s head of global development, has proposed a change to the law that would see players deemed onside should any part of their body be level or behind the last defender.

The introduction of VAR has seen the offside rule become a controversial topic with long delays being caused as the technology identifies fractional offside margins, and Wenger is hopeful an adaptation of the rule can benefit the spectacle of the game ahead of Euro 2020 this summer.

“You will not be offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender, even if other parts of the attacker’s body are in front,” Wenger said, as per Sky Sports.

“That will sort it out and you will no longer have decisions about millimetres and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line.”

The proposal is due to be discussed by the game’s lawmakers IFAB at their annual general meeting in Belfast on February 29.

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