Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said the constant changes to the rule of handball in recent years have left players on the pitch confused when decisions go against them.
City were frustrated after Aymeric Laporte's first-half equalizer against Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday's 2-0 loss was called off after the pitch-side monitor showed a handball from Gabriel Jesus in the build-up .
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“I don't know the rules anymore, honestly. I thought if it was over the arm here it was no longer handball with the law changes, ”city skipper De Bruyne told Sky Sports, showing his sleeve.
“What can we say, I've been playing professional football for about 12 years and the first nine years there hasn't been a rule change and the last three years there have been a lot. I do not know why.
“Football is such a beautiful game. The guys who make the rules should be the people in the game.”
Defenders have struggled to adjust to the new rules after being guilty of unintentionally handling the ball, with referees deeming their arms to be in "unnatural positions" even when it is virtually impossible to avoid the ball. 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 “frustration and discomfort croissants ”in sport.