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OPINION | Handball controversy threatens competitive integrity of Premier League

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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy prepares to take his second penalty during the Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on 13 September 2020.
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy prepares to take his second penalty during the Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on 13 September 2020.
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The Premier League's current interpretation of the International Football Association Board's (IFAB) handball rule will continue to leave the competition's integrity reeling if left unchecked.

Over the weekend, Leicester became the first team in Premier League history to score three penalties in one game. After the first three weeks of last season, eight penalties were awarded in 30 matches, with none for handball. This season, in comparison, there have already been 20 penalties awarded in 26 games, with six for handball.

The increase in the handball category is down to FIFA now being in charge of implementing the VAR protocol to bring about consistency across the world.

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