The Premier League have confirmed that additional notes have been added to the offside rule following Bernardo Silva’s goal for Manchester City last week.

Pep Guardiola’s side increased their lead over Liverpool to four points with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Etihad on Wednesday night.

City’s first goal from Silva caused a stir in the football world, however, as Rodri was apparently offside.

The general consensus was that the City midfielder had gained an unfair advantage in being able to challenge Tyrone Mings from an offside position.

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The former Atletico Madrid man then immediately returned from an offside position to steal the ball from Mings and prepared Silva to open the standings.

And although City eventually won 2-0, Mings described the decision as “nonsense” while his manager Dean Smith was dismissed for protests over the goal.

At the time, the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) said that the goal was allowed as follows: “An offside player who receives the ball from an opponent who intentionally plays the ball, including through intentional handball, becomes not viewed as such gaining an advantage unless it was a deliberate rescue by an adversary. ”

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Following discussions between PGMOL, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and UEFA, IFAB has now clarified and emphasized what should be prioritized when interpreting similar situations in the future.

A Premier League statement said: “The offside situation in the last game between Manchester City and Aston Villa sparked significant debates and discussions in the game. The general consensus was that Rodri gained an unfair advantage when he was able to challenge Tyrone Mings from an offside position immediately after Mings hit the ball.

“The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) then discussed this incident with both the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and UEFA in order to consider how to act in the best interests of the game in future situations of this kind, to ensure that the spirit and security of the law’s intent is best reflected in future decision-making.

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“After these positive discussions, the IFAB made the following clarification and emphasized what should be prioritized when interpreting similar situations in the future. The instructions for gaming officers when interpreting Law 11 now contain the following information:

If a player in an offside position immediately meets an opponent who has deliberately played the ball, the referees should give priority to challenging an opponent for the ball and thus the offside offense of disturbing an opponent by influencing the opponent’s ability Playing ball ‘should be punished.

“Accordingly, if a situation similar to Rodri on Mings occurs in a future game, the impact will be punished for offside.

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“However, it is important to remember that a player who is in an offside position will get the ball through from an opponent who deliberately plays the ball (e.g. a misplaced pass or a miskick) deliberate handball advantage unless it was a deliberate rescue by an opponent.

“Accordingly, Aston Villa’s first goal against Newcastle United on Saturday 23 January 2021 was not penalized for offside as Ollie Watkins received the ball after a deliberate play from Fabian Schar and did not affect Schar’s ability to play the ball . ”