Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has demanded readability on the handball rule amid outcry after a number of penalty choices within the first weeks of the season.
The Premier League has adopted the Worldwide Soccer Affiliation Board’s terminology for handball and gamers at the moment are penalised if the ball hits their their arm when it’s ‘clearly away from the physique and outdoors the physique line’.
That has led to controversial penalties given towards Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof, Tottenham full-back Matt Doherty, Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward and Tottenham centre-back Eric Dier. In all 4 situations, the penalty was signalled by the on-pitch referee solely after an intervention by the Video Assistant Referee.
Palace benefited from the rule of their 3-1 victory at United however supervisor Roy Hodgson dubbed it a ‘nonsense’ and lamented it was ‘ruining the sport’ after Palace’s 2-1 defeat to Everton. Newcastle solely earned a draw at Spurs via Callum Wilson’s added-time penalty after the ball hit Dier’s arm however supervisor Steve Bruce urged Premier League golf equipment ‘get collectively… and say “this should cease”‘.
Solskjaer disputed the penalty that Newcastle obtained at Tottenham on Sunday and questioned why Chelsea’s late equaliser at West Brom was not dominated out after the ball hit Kai Havertz’s hand seconds earlier than Tammy Abraham scored.
“I believe soccer has modified,” Solskjaer stated. “There aren’t any followers, it’s a special sport. Pre-season we have been at completely different phases, the brand new handball rule… you by no means know what’s going to occur.
“You’ll be able to talk about all of it day lengthy however we’d like some readability on what’s a foul and what’s a penalty as a result of now it appears like you possibly can chip the ball up into somebody’s hand like what occurred to us towards Palace, for instance, and Victor obtained a penalty towards him.
“After which the header towards Tottenham, [Dier]’s obtained no concept the ball hits him. You see the purpose scored towards West Brom on the finish, is that not handball? We have to get that readability. It’s an entire spectre of issues that are not regular.
“There have been so many modifications and nuances to completely different guidelines. Again within the outdated day it appeared easier.”