The Premier League are planning a renewed attempt to persuade FIFA to allow a ‘margin of error’ on the tight offsides that continue to plague the game.
Mike Riley, the head of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL), wants feedback from the Dutch FA after the Eredivisie ignored FIFA’s orders of zero tolerance on offsides and this season brought in a 10cm ‘linesman’s call’.
The system sees the VAR judge offsides using two 5cm lines and if they touch the final decision remains with the on-field officials.
Pierluigi Collina, the head of the governing body’s referees’ committee has frequently made it clear: ‘offside is offside’.
Fresh fury erupted last week after Liverpool’s stoppage-time winner in the Merseyside derby was ruled out when Sadio Mane’s shoulder was judged offside by a matter of centimetres, with an irate Jurgen Klopp saying the decisions were getting ‘harder and harder to take’.