Premier League referee chief Mike Riley has revealed that players will be given the benefit of the doubt this season as goals won't be ruled out for offside due to toenails and noses.

The Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOL) are to introduce subtle changes to an official's use of VAR this season following criticism over the last couple of years.

The Premier League are to implement a change to the way VAR interprets the offside law in the new season following the success of the system in Euro 2020.

VAR has been a major source of debate since its introduction to the Premier League, with a number of contentious calls made by using the system.

One of the main areas of concern is the offside law and the tendency to rule goals out due to marginal calls.

But for this season, the Premier League will use thicker lines in order to determine offsides, although it is still unclear how thick the lines will be or what model the league will follow.

However, the move will result in broadcasters not getting to see the process of offside decisions being made.

But Riley believes the move away from 'forensic scrutiny' could result in around 20 extra goals or more being scored throughout the campaign.

He said: "Fundamentally, we want the approach to be one that allows players to go out and express themselves and let the game flow.

"It means the VAR teams will not intervene for trivial offences and the threshold for referee and VAR intervention will be slightly higher than it was last season.

"We've introduced the benefit of the doubt for the attacking player so where we have a really close offside situation, we will follow the same process as last year but now apply thicker broadcast lines.

"Effectively what we have done is given back 20 goals to the game that were deemed offside last season by using quite forensic scrutiny.

"So it's the toenails, the noses of players that were offside - they won't be offside now."

While Riley has also claimed that players who go down under slight contact will no longer win VAR penalties in the top-flight this season.

However, he did confirm that referees will be instructed to award spot kicks if a player is fouled but stays on his feet.

"It's not sufficient to just say there was contact," Riley said. "Contact on its own is only one element the referee should look for.

"If you have clear contact, that has a consequence, it's a foul but if you have any doubts, in these elements they are unlikely to be penalised.

"You also want it to be a proper foul and not the slightest contact that someone has used to go over to get a penalty."

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