De Bruyne Reacts Angrily When Asked About Handball Rule Changes After Spurs Defeat

De Bruyne Handball Rule Changes

Manchester City thought they had scored against Tottenham but the goal was ruled out for handball and Kevin De Bruyne is confused by the current rule.

Tottenham held City off to record an impressive 2-0 home win.

After Gabriel Jesus brought down the ball in the box and laid it off to Aymeric Laporte, who fired past Hugo Lloris, VAR advised referee Mike Dean to look at the incident on the pitchside monitor.

And the footage showed the ball brushing Jesus' arm before he got it under control.

The handball rule was amended in September which sees a player penalised if the hand or arm is clearly away from the body and outside the “body line”.

After the match, the Premier League explained the Jesus decision, saying the ball hit his elbow, which falls in the ‘red zone' of the arm which starts below the armpit.

Every Premier League matchday seems to be impacted by a handball decision and De Bruyne's frustrations were clear when asked about the rule.

“I don’t know the rules any more, honestly. They change,” he said.

“I’ve been playing professional football for 12 years and the first nine there was no rule changes.

“And the last few years there has been a lot. I don’t know why, football is such a nice game.

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“But the guys who make the rules should be people in the game. Just so inconsistent.”

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