Kevin de Bruyne hits out over fixture pile-up and handball law - ‘I don’t know the rules anymore’

Malik Ouzia
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De Bruyne remonstrates with referee Mike Dean after City’s would-be equaliser was chalked off (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)
De Bruyne remonstrates with referee Mike Dean after City’s would-be equaliser was chalked off (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne has launched a damning attack on football’s authorities over changes to the handball law and fixture congestion.

The Belgian star admitted he ‘doesn’t know the rules anymore’ after City had a goal chalked off in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham when a VAR handball decision went against Gabriel Jesus.

The Brazilian was adjudged to have handled prior to teeing up Aymeric Laporte for what would have been an equaliser, but City’s players were convinced that the goal should have stood because it struck above the t-shirt line.

“I don’t know the rules anymore, honestly,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports. “I thought if it’s above the arm here it’s not handball anymore with the law changes but then it’s just like middle of the arm… honestly I don’t know the rules.

“If you listen tomorrow or the day after they will come on whatever channel and the referee will say it’s a good decision so it really doesn’t matter.

“I’ve been playing professional football for 12 years. In the first nine years there were no rule changes and in the last three years there’ve been a lot of rule changes. I don’t why, football is such a nice game. The people who make the rules should be people in the game. I don’t know who makes them.”

De Bruyne also voiced his frustration at the hectic schedule, which follows on from a summer when players hardly had a break because of the coronavirus delay to the end of last season.

“We had about seven days of pre-season, I played with my national team after one training,” he added. “So, what do people expect of us?

“Even with the [coronavirus] rules, I came in Wednesday night from Belgium and I wasn’t allowed to go to the club because we had to do Covid tests so I couldn’t’ do any regeneration. It’s the same for everybody, we still play but sometimes we are tired.”

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