The ‘subtle’ VAR changes that will affect Leeds United this season

Leeds United have been told that their players will be given the benefit of the doubt this season as goals will no longer be ruled out for offside ‘due to ‘toenails’ and ‘noses’.

That is according to Premier League referee Chief Mike Riley who hopes their new approach to VAR intervention will ‘allow players to go out and express themselves and let the game flow’.

After coming under heavy criticism over the last two seasons, the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOL) are set to introduce ‘subtle’ changes to an official’s use of VAR this campaign.

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As a result, lines used to work out if a player is offside are now being made thicker which should, in theory, give more of an advantage to the attacking side.

The move, according to Riley, will see the game move away from the ‘forensic scrutiny’ that has frustrated fans of Leeds and throughout the Premier League across the last two seasons and it could ‘give back 20 goals’ this season that would have previously been deemed offside.

“Fundamentally, we want the approach to be one that allows players to go out and express themselves and let the game flow,” Riley said.

“It means the VAR teams will not intervene for trivial offences and the threshold for referee and VAR intervention will be slightly higher than it was last season.

“We’ve introduced the benefit of the doubt for the attacking player so where we have a really close offside situation, we will follow the same process as last year but now apply thicker broadcast lines.

“Effectively what we have done is given back 20 goals to the game that were deemed offside last season by using quite forensic scrutiny.

“So it’s the toenails, the noses of players that were offside – they won’t be offside now.”

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