‘The handball rule is a complete CAR CRASH’: Angry Manchester City fans blast VAR decision


‘The handball rule is a complete CAR CRASH’: Angry Man City fans blast VAR decision to penalize Ruben Dias and award Liverpool a penalty in Community Shield – as Mo Salah scores decisive spot-kick to restore Liverpool’s lead in 3-1 win

  • Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 in Leicester to lift the FA Community Shield
  • Mohamed Salah restored Liverpool’s lead after scoring from the penalty spot
  • Ruben Dias was deemed to have handled the ball while defending in his box
  • New striker Darwin Nunez scored with a late header to seal Liverpool’s victory

Manchester City fans have been left fuming following their side’s 3-1 Community Shield loss to rivals Liverpool following a controversial penalty decision.

Mohamed Salah’s cross was met by new star striker Darwin Nunez whose header then struck the arm of City defender Ruben Dias as he tried to intercept the ball.

Nunez’s header looked to be heading off target and out of play prior to Dias’ interception, but referee Craig Pawson pointed to the penalty spot.

Salah scored from the spot to restore Liverpool’s early lead before Nunez then scored late to seal Liverpool’s victory.

Mohamed Salah scored from the penalty spot to reinstate Liverpool’s earlier lead in Leicester

Referee Craig Pawson reviewed the decision before awarding Liverpool a penalty for handball

Referee Craig Pawson reviewed the decision before awarding Liverpool a penalty for handball

City fans took to social media to vent their frustration with some demanding a change in the handball law prior to the start of the new Premier League season.

The law states that handball will be given if ‘a player is considered to have made their body unnaturally bigger when the position of their hand/arm is not a consequence of, or justifiable by, the player’s body movement for that specific situation.

‘By having their hand/arm in such a position, the player takes a risk of their hand/arm being hit by the ball and being penalised.’

One fan insisted that Nunez’s initial header was going well wide, while another user called the handball rule a ‘complete car crash’.

One Man City supporter was clearly unhappy with the decision to award Liverpool a penalty

One Man City supporter was clearly unhappy with the decision to award Liverpool a penalty

Another took to Twitter to label the handball rule 'a complete car crash' following the match

Another took to Twitter to label the handball rule ‘a complete car crash’ following the match

Others suggested Jurgen Klopp’s side always get decisions in their favor by referees stating that ‘Liverpool get decisions every single week’.

Another questioned why officials had chosen not to review Joel Matip’s questionable handball action but had been quick to review the incident involving Dias.

This spectator suggested that Liverpool get decisions in their favor 'every single week'

This spectator suggested that Liverpool get decisions in their favor ‘every single week’

Questions were asked about the officials' speed in deciding to review the penalty incident

Questions were asked about the officials’ speed in deciding to review the penalty incident

Some Man City supporters tried to offer a more diplomatic answer as to why handball had been given in the pre-season cup clash.

There was the suggestion that Dias had to raise his arm in order to lift his legs off the floor as he propelled himself into the air to block the header from a Salah cross.

And there was also a strong call from one fan for more ‘common sense’ to be used in decision making as Pep Guardiola’s City side suffered defeat at the King Power stadium.

This supporter tried to offer an explanation for Ruben Dias's actions that led to the handball

This supporter tried to offer an explanation for Ruben Dias’s actions that led to the handball

Another demanded that more common sense is implored in referees' decision making

Another demanded that more common sense is implored in referees’ decision making

Title holders Manchester City will get their Premier League season underway away to West Ham United on Sunday August 7 while Liverpool travel to Fulham on Saturday August 6.

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