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Monday 16 September 2019

'I hope we get out, Brexit...you cannot have someone telling us how to do our own game' - Ian Holloway's bizarre rant

Ian Holloway
Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway claims that the European Union is to blame for the disallowing of Gabriel Jesus' last-gasp goal against Tottenham and the controversial new handball rule in the Premier League.

Jesus hit what looked like a late winner in City's 2-2 draw with Spurs at the Etihad on Saturday evening only for VAR to intervene following the jubilant celebrations.

New rules in the Premier League state that a goal can be disallowed if there is a handball in the build up, whether it is deliberate or not.

Speaking on Sky Sports' The Debate, Holloway 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."

According to the International Football Association Board, a free is awarded in the following circumstances even if the handball is accidental.

  • if the ball goes into the goal after touching an attacking player’s hand or arm
    a player gains control/possession of the ball after it touches their hand/arm and then scores, or creates a goal-scoring opportunity
  • a ball touches a player’s hand/arm which has made their body unnaturally bigger
    the ball touches a player’s hand/arm when it is above their shoulder (unless the player has deliberately played the ball which then touches their hand/arm)


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