The Handball Rule (part I)

Koscielny, handball, referee, FIFA

I wrote most of this article a couple of years ago but never got round to posting it. In July 2018, it seems more relevant than ever.

The World Cup’s finished. And the Community Shield, unbelievably, is a mere fortnight away.

You’d probably have expected the majority of football rule/refereeing chat to be about VAR (even though it’s not coming to the Premier League yet). But no. Instead we’re talking about the oldest of rules, the one that actually kind of defines football.