We discussed this issue a few times in the past.
I remember taking an [erroneous] approach..
and Jim Allen was kind enough to help me correct
If, when the ball is played to a team mate
in an offside position, there is no infraction
of Law-11 .... as of yet. Players do have the
right to be in offside positions.
However, if the offside team mate violates
Law-11, then the handling (or fouls) is
totally immaterial... the offside flag
If, on the other hand, the offside team mate has
not violated Law-11, then the handling should be
penalized (unless advantage to an onside
team mate - ie the handled ball got deflected) is
This is one of the difficult play cases in Law-11;
only 100% CONCENTRATION by AR can lead to
the better decision.
not an instructor... of course!