Kevin de Bruyne despairs of handball rules after Man City loss to Tottenham

Kevin de Bruyne has questioned why handball rules were changed after Manchester City found themselves on the wrong end of a major decision in their 2-0 loss to Tottenham.

Son Heung-Min gave Spurs an early lead in north London, but City thought they had found a first-half equalizer when Aymeric Laporte fired home.

However, following a VAR review, the goal was scored as Gabriel Jesus was found guilty of a handball in a build-up.

That proved decisive as Giovani Lo Celso doubled Spurs’ second-half lead, a result that left City eight points clear of the lead.

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De Bruyne was among those who showed their frustration with the decision to referee Mike Dean and he spoke of his frustrations after the match.

“Honestly, I don’t know the rules anymore. I thought if it’s over the arm here then it’s not handball anymore, but the law is changing. Now it’s the middle of the arm. Everyone knows it hits him but honestly I don’t know the rules,” he told Sky Sports after the game.

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

“What can we say? I’ve been playing professional football for 12 years and in the first nine years there were no rule changes. Then, over the last three years, there have been a lot of rule changes.

” I do not know why. Football is such a fun game. The guys making the rules should be people in the game. I don’t know who makes them. I would just say, be consistent, that’s all.

City are back in action against Olympiacos on Wednesday in the Champions League, before hosting Burnley at the Etihad Stadium next weekend.