Celtic victims of major injustice as 'embarrassing' Matt O'Riley footage analysed - McAvennie
Frank McAvennie has insisted the handball rule needs to be clearer to referees and players after Matt O’Riley gave away a penalty for Celtic against Real Madrid.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops striker said some of the handball decisions he has seen are “embarrassing” and insisted VAR is confusing everyone.
As shown on BT Sport (2 November), the ball appeared to hit off O’Riley’s arm in the first half of the Champions League game against Real Madrid not even 15 minutes after Moritz Jenz conceded a penalty, also for handball.
Although referee Stephanie Frappart did not initially award the spot kick, VAR official Benoit Millot advised her to consult the pitchside monitor and the penalty was given.
Rodrygo converted from the spot and Madrid won the game 5-1.
McAvennie insisted there needs to be a consistent interpretation of the rules.
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“The rules are changing all the time,” he told Football Insider.
“You see the ball hitting someone’s hand and it is a penalty, then you see it hitting someone else’s hand and it’s not a penalty.
“The referees are making things hard for themselves. They have got to know what is a penalty and what is not a penalty. If it is that intense it is not a penalty.
“Defenders can’t defend any more because their hands are behind their back and you can’t defend like that. You can’t jump like that.
“I think they have got to be clearer on what they are wanting because if it was unintentional, unless it stops a goal, it is not a penalty.
“I just think it is embarrassing. I do not think VAR was meant for that, it was supposed to help people and not confuse everyone. The interpretation has to change and let everyone know what it was.“