Penalty goals for handling the ball on the line among radical proposals up for debate

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 25: Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso of Spain scores the third goal during the European Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan on May 25, 2005 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Vastavam web: Penalty goals for handling the ball on the line could be a thing of the future if proposals compiled by the International Football Association Board’s (IFAB) technical director are accepted.The proposals in a document titled ‘Play Fair’ which also include players being able to play freekicks and corners to themselves — are to be debated over the next nine months and could be added to at a meeting of Ifab, football’s global rule making body, next month.”You could say that it is a quiet revolution aimed at getting football even better.
“My starting point was to look at the laws and say ‘what are they for?’, and if there is no particular reason then would changing them make the game better,” added Elleray, a former leading referee.Awarding a goal for handball on the line would have probably seen Ghana reach the 2010 World Cup semi-finals as Uruguay’s Luis Suarez was sent off for handling Dominic Adiyiah’s goalbound shot on the line in the dying seconds of extra-time — Asamoah Gyan failed to convert the penalty and the South American side went on to win in the penalty shootout.
On the other hand goalkeepers will be able to play goal kicks to team-mates inside the area with their opponents obliged to be outside it. However, for those taking a penalty there may be no second chance should their first effort be saved and rebound into play the document recommends that a goal kick be awarded automatically.”There would thus be no need for players to crowd on the edge of the penalty area ready to run in early,” reads the document.