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Kevin De Bruyne slams VAR handball rules: “It’s confusing”

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Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne believes the VAR handball rule isn’t consistent after his team were denied a late winner against Tottenham.

A late decision on Saturday ruled out Gabriel Jesus’ injury-time goal and denied De Bruyne and City victory over Spurs.┬áIt came after video replays showed that the ball brushed Aymeric Laporte’s arm in the build-up to the strike.

While the Frenchman hadn’t intentionally handled the ball, the new rules state he had to be penalised as it led to a goal. Although the call did ultimately cost City a deserved victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Citizens boss Pep Guardiola has already vented his fury towards VAR and called for the system to be reviewed after the match.

And now De Bruyne has joined in on questioning the VAR decision that cost City all three points on Saturday.

“It is what it is,” said De Bruyne, according to Sky Sports.

“If they want to make football better they should have it. But I think the only thing – the rules should be clear. If the ball had touched somebody of Tottenham’s arm it’s not a penalty, but if it touched our arm it is not allowed.

“It should go both ways in something like that. I don’t understand that as a player. It makes it really confusing.”

Meanwhile, the Belgian playmaker was at his brilliant best against Spurs and assisted both Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero’s goals.

De Bruyne practically ran the show and helped City rank up 30 attempts on goal compared to Spurs’ three. However, the VAR call meant the Premier League champions had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

“Obviously we’re disappointed about the result but not about the way we played,” continued the 28-year-old.

“We played really well and deserved to win but it happens. We have to look forward. The way we played was really good and to get to this level so early in the season is good.

“We should have scored one more, we had enough opportunities to score.

“That really doesn’t bother me because to create them is even more difficult and I know on another day we can score more goals.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City challenges for the ball with Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)