Marco van Basten calls for offside rule to be scrapped

Dutch legend Marco van Basten wants football to scrap the offside rule entirely to make the game 'more spectacular' for fans.

Legendary Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is Fifa’s head of global development and launched his own offside overhaul to end VAR controversy last month.

It would see a player being deemed ONSIDE if any part of the body which can legitimately score a goal is level or behind the last defender — even if other parts are in front.

But Van Basten wants to go one step further and get rid of offsides altogether.

Van Basten first proposed changes in 2017 during his time as FIFA’s technical director to try and keep football as the world’s most popular sport.

He believes the game would be a bigger spectacle if the offside law was removed entirely.

The 56-year-old has spoken to Sky Sports and doubled down on his claims the offside rule is ‘not a good rule’.

“I am still very curious about the offside rule because I am convinced that it is not a good rule,” he begun.

“At least I would like to trial it to show that football is also possible without the offside rule. I am convinced that football would be better without it.

“Football is a fantastic game but I still think that we have to do much more to make it better, more spectacular, more interesting, more exciting. We have to work on that.”

The Dutchman told Sky Sports: “I am still very curious about the offside rule because I am convinced that it is not a good rule.

“At least I would like to trial it to show that football is also possible without the offside rule. I am convinced that football would be better without it.

“Football is a fantastic game but I still think that we have to do much more to make it better, more spectacular, more interesting, more exciting. We have to work on that.”

Van Basten’s ideas would drastically change the way the sport is played but the former AC Milan star has thought it all through.

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