Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has said that the constant changes in the rules of handball in recent years have left players confused on the pitch when decisions go against them.
City were frustrated when Aymeric Laport lost 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday after losing 2-0 on Saturday when a pro-pitched monitor showed Gabriel Jesus accumulating handball.
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“I don’t know the rules anymore, actually. I thought if it was on my arm here it’s not handball with legal changes,” De Bruyne, the city’s skipper, was pointing to the sleeve of Sky Sports.
“What can I say, I’ve been playing professional football for about 12 years and there haven’t been any rule changes in the first nine years and there’s been a lot in the last three years. I don’t know why.
“Football is a very nice game. Boys who follow the rules should be in the game.”
Defenders have struggled to adapt to the new rules after being blamed for inadvertently manipulating the ball, with the judges believing that the arms are in an “unnatural position,” even though it is almost impossible to avoid contact with the ball.
Earlier this month, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin called on FIFA to change the rule of handball, saying the current interpretation has led to unfair decisions that have caused “increasing frustration and discomfort” in the sport.