It is now a month since a ball was last kicked in the Premier League and we are not expecting one to be kicked again anytime soon due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The 2019/20 Premier League campaign was suspended indefinitely on Friday, with the governing body confirming that fixtures would only resume when it is “safe to do so.”
And while it could be some time before the campaign restarts, especially with health experts warning that the worst of the virus is yet to hit the UK.
The start to next season is also set to be delayed, but that hasn’t stopped the International Football Association Board (the IFAB) from announcing changes to the Laws of the Game for the 2020/21 season.
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And below is a look at some of the main changes which were announced on Wednesday night.
Kicking off with video assistant referees, otherwise known as VAR, the new Laws of the Game show that the word “often” in relation to an “on-field review” – the match referee using the pitch-side monitor – has been removed from the laws for next season.
In addition, there is also what appears to be a clear reference to the Premier League in the circular of changes to governing bodies around the world in the new Laws of the Game.
“Recent communication from these competition organisers signalled a positive shift towards the universal application of the protocol from next season,” it says in the document.
Which, in normal language, means Premier League referees will be using the pitch-side monitors on a much regular basis next season, especially to review an incident which is deemed “subjective”.
But in a new move that won’t please fans, the IFAB has rejected providing supporters with the chance of hearing the conversations between matches officials during a VAR review.
Fans in the Premier League had hoped…