Roy Hodgson says the “nonsense” handball legislation that led to a penalty in opposition to Joel Ward in Crystal Palace’s 2-1 defeat by Everton is “ruining the game”.
Palace defender Ward was adjudged to have dealt with Lucas Digne’s first-half knockdown, regardless of the ball putting his hand from shut vary.
Referee Kevin Friend gave the penalty after utilizing his pitch-side monitor.
Richarlison scored from the spot-kick to earn Everton victory.
“It’s completely unacceptable. It’s destroying my enjoyment of the game of football,” stated Hodgson.
“I am unable to perceive how everybody within the recreation – the Premier League, referees, managers and coaches – have allowed this rule to come back into operation.
“I do not need to revenue from it or lose from it.”
Hodgson additionally believes the choice to penalise Ward units a harmful precedent for the way forward for the sport.
“I predict what is going to occur is gamers will begin flicking the ball onto a hand and screaming ‘handball’,” added the 73-year-old.
“I don’t consider within the rule. People in soccer discover it exhausting to simply accept. The referee does not assume it’s handball both. He does not need to give it however has to, as a result of that is what he’s advised to do.”
So what’s the new legislation?
A brand new interpretation of the handball legislation was launched initially of this season. Under these new guidelines, a participant might be penalised for handball if:
- The hand/arm is clearly away from the physique and outdoors the “physique line” .
- The participant clearly leans into the trail of the ball.
- The ball travels far.
- The ball touches a hand/arm that’s clearly raised above the shoulder.
- The participant falls and the hand/arm is prolonged laterally or vertically away from the physique.
- A deflection clearly makes no distinction to the ball touching a hand/arm that’s clearly prolonged away from the physique and/or above the shoulder
Though Ward’s arm was clearly away from his physique in the meanwhile of contact, Hodgson and his gamers felt the ball didn’t journey sufficient distance to warrant a penalty.
“We have misplaced in a means I discover completely unacceptable,” added Hodgson.
‘Harsh’, ‘complicated’ and ‘ludicrous’ – what was stated
Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward: “It is complicated. When you have a look at the movement and the momentum [of players], it’s extremely exhausting to play together with your arms behind your again. It is what it’s. There might be conversations, I’m certain.”
Everton captain Seamus Coleman: “Being a defender these days is tough sufficient with wingers, however then to be interested by your hand within the field is hard.”
Everton supervisor Carlo Ancelotti: “I’m not the fitting individual to evaluate the choice of the referee. It will not be just one referee that decides and we’ve to adapt to the brand new guidelines on the handball. It is tough, however we can not do something.”
Alan Shearer, former England striker on Match of the Day: “It is improper and it has to vary. It is insanity to provide that as handball. Just return to what it was years in the past.
Martin Keown, former Arsenal defender on Final Score: “Defenders are going to have to begin taking part in with straitjackets on. What is Joel Ward to do there? This will not be throughout the spirit of the sport. It will not be within the spirit of the sport I joined as a younger boy.
“There is completely no means [Ward] is making an attempt to handball that and he cannot get out the way in which of it. It is ball to arm, it’s not arm to ball. It hits him.
“I’m not sure I would want to be a defender anymore, with this current law.”
Matthew Upson, former England and West Ham defender on BBC Radio 5 Live: “I can not consider what I’m seeing with these choices. Something must be achieved. It’s ludicrous. How are you able to react to get your arm out of the way in which of that?
“I’m a bit misplaced. It additionally took a minute or two for VAR to flag up the problem. The recreation has gone on and you do not know what you’re looking at.
“I would like to hear the conversation that went on between Kevin Friend and Joel Ward. I don’t know how Kevin Friend could have kept a straight face as he explained how they came to that decision.”
‘No thought what’s or is not handball any extra’ – social media reacts
Owen: “Seems like the trouble with handball is you can either have a very strict rule which maintains consistency but provides situations like today, or you can allow more interpretation which leads to ‘that same handball wasn’t given last week’.”
Rich Wilsher: “Pens produce many more goals than shots, so if I’m a coach, I’m telling my attacking players to kick the ball where a defending player’s arm will be, rather than shoot.”
Amy: “So which rule did the Ward handball break? None of them.”
Neil Beasley: “There is no such thing as common sense anymore.”
Nick Eve: “I’ll be perfectly honest, I have absolutely no idea what is or isn’t handball anymore.”
ChemistPaul: “Well, that was as much of a penalty as the one that Palace benefited from last week. Which is to say that it was never a penalty in a million years.”
Tomas Rooney Murphy: “This handball rule is getting ridiculous. Where is the defender meant to put his hand!?”