Kevin De Bruyne ‘confused’ by handball rules after VAR rules out late Gabriel Jesus goal

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Kevin De Bruyne admits he is ‘confused’ by the handball rules after Manchester City had a late goal disallowed by VAR in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus thought he had netted an injury-time winner for City, but his strike was ruled out by VAR after replays showed the ball brushed Aymeric Laporte’s arm in the build-up to the goal.

Kevin De Bruyne captained Manchester City against Tottenham

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Kevin De Bruyne captained Manchester City against Tottenham

The decision appeared to be harsh as Jesus had to be led away from the officials by his team-mates at full-time.

When asked about VAR, De Bruyne, who assisted both City goals, said: “It is what it is.

“If they want to make football better they should have it.

“But I think the only thing – the rules should be clear. If the ball had touched somebody of Tottenham’s arm it’s not a penalty, but if it touched our arm it is not allowed.

Gabriel Jesus was left frustrated by VAR

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Gabriel Jesus was left frustrated by VAR

“It should go both ways in something like that. I don’t understand that as a player. It makes it really confusing.”

Manchester City were pegged back twice by Tottenham, whose only two shots on target were their goals.

The result ended a run of 15 successive Premier League victories for Pep Guardiola’s side.

De Bruyne added: “Obviously we’re disappointed about the result but not about the way we played.


“We played really well and deserved to win but it happens. We have to look forward. The way we played was really good and to get to this level so early in the season is good.

“We should have scored one more, we had enough opportunities to score.

“That really doesn’t bother me because to create them is even more difficult and I know on another day we can score more goals.”



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