Kevin de Bruyne has questioned why the handball rules were changed after Manchester City were on the wrong side of a major decision in their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham.
Son Heung-Min fired Spurs into an early lead in north London but City thought they had found a first-half equaliser when Aymeric Laporte fired home.
However, following a VAR review, the goal was chalked off as Gabriel Jesus was judged guilty of a handball in a build-up.
That proved to be decisive as Giovani Lo Celso doubled Spurs’ lead in the second period, a result which leaves City eight points adrift of the top.
De Bruyne was among those to show their frustration at the decision to referee Mike Dean and he spoke about his frustrations after the match.
“I don’t know the rules anymore, honestly. I thought if it was above the arm here, then it’s not handball anymore, but the law changes. Now it’s the middle of the arm. Everybody knows it hits him but honestly, I don’t know the rules,” he told Sky Sports after the match.
“If you listen tomorrow, the day after, it will come on whatever channel and the referee will say it’s a good decision so it really doesn’t matter.
“What can we say? I have been playing professional football for 12 years and in the first nine years, there were no rule changes. Then in the last three years, there has been a lot of rule changes.
“I don’t know why. Football is such a nice game. The guys who make the rules should be people in the game. I don’t know who makes them. I would just say, be consistent, that’s it.”
City are back in action against Olympiacos on Wednesday in the Champions League, before hosting Burnley at the Etihad Stadium next weekend.
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