It was a case of deja vu at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as Manchester City thought they had scored a latter winner to overcome Spurs, only to see the goal chopped of by VAR minutes latter.
Although no one seemed to spot it in real-time, replays showed that Kevin De Bryne’s corner had flicked off Aymeric Laporte’s arm before Gabrial Jesus swept it home.
According to the new rule changes, if a handball leads to a goal for an attacking side, it will be ruled out irrespective of whether it was intentional or not, which meant that VAR had no choice but to chop Jesus’ goal off.
After the decision led to City dropping two points against Spurs, Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has taken to social media to call for a rule change. The 28-year-old said that the rule was unfair as it disadvantages the attacking team.
Today's VAR decision is really hard to take. Any attacker that commits handball, intentional or not, is now ruled a free kick?? And if you’re defending it’s fine?? It only disadvantages the attacking team.
In my opinion this rule needs to be changed. #MCITOT pic.twitter.com/TtPsB96FD0
— Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) August 17, 2019
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Gundogan’s comments mustn’t be confused with the debate over the implementation of VAR as VAR only ruled the goal out due to the changes to the new rules. It is certainly worth considering if that such a broad stroke change to the rules like making all handballs of an attacking team an offence given that VAR can scrutinise every single moment in slow motion is the right way to go.
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