By Keith Hackett

15th Nov, 2022 | 5:03pm

Ex-Fifa official demands laws are rewritten after Matt O'Riley controversy at Celtic - 'Definitely not right'

The handball law needs to be rewritten after Matt O’Riley gave away a penalty as Celtic beat Ross County 2-1 on Saturday (12 November), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted O’Riley being punished for his handball at Parkhead was “definitely not right”.

As shown on the BBC’s Sportscene programme, the ball deflected against the 21-year-old’s arm after he challenged for it with Callum Johnson.

Referee David Munro pointed to the spot and it was checked by VAR that it agreed with his decision.

O’Riley told club media after the game that there was nothing else he could have done with his hand when making the challenge.

“The handball law is a nonsense, isn’t it?” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“This is just typical of it. Will you please, lawmakers, bring in the word ‘deliberate’ back into handball?

“It becomes a subjective decision. Two referees with the same incident will give different views.

“I don’t see how he can avoid it. What we don’t want is when we see players like Eric Dier put their arms behind their back. This is harsh.

“It’s going to be interesting at the World Cup because the IFAB and all the countries are going to be there and if there are a few incidents like this, they might do something about the handball law.

“It’s definitely not right. The body language of the referee shows it. You look at him and he’s thinking ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to give that’.”

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