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VIDEO: Ian Holloway claims the EU is to blame for the new handball rule

Ian Holloway has claimed that the EU is to blame for the new handball rule that is the huge amount controversy in the Premier League this season.

The new rule disallows any goal scored or created with the use of the hand or arm, even if it is accidental, something which happened for Manchester City against Tottenham on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus thought he had scored a late winner but his goal was ruled out as the ball brushed Aymeric Laporte’s arm on its way to the Brazilian.

The incident was discussed on Sky Sports’ The Debate show with Holloway saying he wants Brexit implemented as you can’t have ‘people telling us how to do our own game’.

He said: “For me it doesn’t make sense, the handball rule.

“If it’s not handball for both, how can you assess that?

“And to be fair, is that clear and obvious? They forgot the most important thing of all.

“Their job is to not re-referee the game but to be clear and obvious, so I don’t think that’s our boys making up that new change of law.

“I think that’s people telling us what we need to do with our game, now they should stop doing that.

“I hope we get out, Brexit, because that’s what people are voting for and sort that out because you cannot have someone telling us how to do our own game.”

The International FA Board confirmed the rule will remain in place, and IFAB general secretary Lukas Brud told the Manchester Evening News: “”There’s a difference between having a result or not.

“There’s a difference between scoring a goal and if you accidentally play the ball with your arm in the penalty area and nothing results from that.

“Of course, if the referee believes that this accidental handball has a major impact on the buildup from the attacking team he might rule that for him this was a handball offence.

“For attacking teams, it is much easier to not award a goal after a handball that was committed than creating something that was not even there.

“If you gave a penalty for an accidental handball that had no impact on the game, people would say that defenders would be running around in penalty areas with their hands behind their backs. And that would no longer be football.”


After finding out what Ian Holloway had to say, his name quickly went to the top of the United Kingdom trends list on Twitter, with many stating how thick he was – see those tweets on the next page.


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