REUTERS: Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has called for a further review of handball rules after striker Callum Wilson’s late goal was scored in the Premier League’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Saturday.
Liverpool scored in three minutes thanks to Mohamed Salah, but Newcastle believed they had equalized in stoppage time when Wilson put the ball in the net after facing goalkeeper Alisson.
But the goal was disallowed following video assistant referee (VAR) intervention as the ball hit Wilson’s elbow at close range after Alisson made a save.
Newcastle overcame the disappointment of the disallowed goal and equalized in the dying seconds of the game thanks to Joe Willock to score a point.
“We’re going to have to take a look at these crazy rules. You think ‘what a ridiculous decision’. We take the letter of the law too literally. Do we want a situation of players running on their feet, arms behind their backs, it’s ridiculous.
“That laughs at that. It’s not VAR’s fault, it’s the rules fault but the goal shouldn’t be scored. That’s something we have to sort out. Maybe I was sitting down. here talking about a 2-1 win. “
Last month, the football lawmaker, the IFAB, changed the laws of the game effective July 1 so that accidental handballs resulting in a scoring teammate are no longer penalized.
However, the changed rules would not have affected the outcome of Saturday’s game, as goals scored directly from the arm or hand or immediately after will continue to be excluded, even if accidental.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bangalore; Editing by Christopher Cushing)