‘The rule of handball is a complete car crash’: Angry Man City fans slam VAR decision to penalize Ruben Dias and award Liverpool penalty in Community Shield – as Mo Salah scores decisive strike to restore Liverpool’s lead in the 3-1 win
- Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 at Leicester to lift the FA Community Shield
- Mohamed Salah restored Liverpool’s lead after scoring from the penalty spot
- Ruben Dias was adjudged to have handled the ball while defending in his own box
- New striker Darwin Nunez scored with a late header to seal victory for Liverpool
Manchester City fans were left furious following their side’s 3-1 Community Shield defeat to rivals Liverpool following a controversial penalty decision.
Mohamed Salah’s cross was met by new star striker Darwin Nunez, who headed in and then hit the hand of City defender Ruben Dias as he tried to intercept the ball.
Nunez’s header looked to be on target and out of play before Dias’ interception, but referee Craig Pawson pointed to the penalty spot.
Salah scored from the spot to restore Liverpool’s early lead before Nunez scored late on to seal Liverpool’s victory.
Mohamed Salah scored from the penalty spot to restore Liverpool’s earlier lead at Leicester
Referee Craig Pawson reviewed the decision before awarding Liverpool a penalty for handball
City fans also took to social media to express their frustration, with some calling for a change to the handball law before the start of the new Premier League season.
The law states that handball will be awarded if “a player is considered to have made his body unnaturally larger when the hand/arm position is not a consequence of or justified by the movement of the player’s body for that specific situation.
“By having the hand/arm in such a position, the player assumes the risk that the hand/arm will be struck by the ball and incur a penalty.”
One fan insisted that Nunez’s initial kick was going well, while another user called the handball rule a “complete car crash”.
One Man City supporter was clearly unhappy with the decision to award Liverpool a penalty
Another took to Twitter to label the handball rule “a complete car crash” after the match
Others suggested that Jurgen Klopp’s side always have decisions in their favor by the referees stating that “Liverpool make decisions every week”.
Another questioned why the officials chose not to review Joel Matip’s questionable handball but rushed to review the incident involving Dias.
This viewer suggested Liverpool make decisions in their favor ‘every week’
Questions have been raised about the officials’ speed in deciding to review the penalty incident
Some Man City supporters tried to offer a more diplomatic answer as to why handball was given in the pre-season cup clash.
There was the suggestion that Dias had to raise his arm to lift his feet off the floor as he propelled himself into the air to block the header from a Salah cross.
And there was also a strong call from one fan for more “common sense” to be used in decision-making as Pep Guardiola’s City side suffered defeat at the King Power Stadium.
This fan tried to provide an explanation for Ruben Dias’s actions leading to the handball
Another called for more common sense to be implored in referees’ decision-making
Title holders Manchester City begin their Premier League season away to West Ham United on Sunday 7 August, while Liverpool travel to Fulham on Saturday 6 August.