Ex-Premier League referee: Laws should be ripped up and rewritten as controversial Lisandro Martinez footage emerges from Man United
The handball law needs to be ripped up and rewritten after Man United had a penalty awarded against them in their 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad in the Europa League on Thursday (8 September).
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Lisandro Martinez was penalised at Old Trafford.
As shown on the highlights on BT Sport’s YouTube channel, Martinez blocked a David Silva shot from close range.
The ball hit his knee and it deflected onto his arm and the referee immediately pointed to the spot.
“I can’t see how this referee can give this as a penalty kick, I just can’t,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“What this demonstrates to me is that there is a confusion in refereeing still in regards to the handball law.
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“I mean what is he supposed to do? He’s not extended his arm, his arm is in a natural position, he’s actually protecting himself.
“I think that lawmakers have got to look at law 12 on handball and get some common sense into what is and what isn’t a foul. What they should say is handball has to be deliberate and get back to the old law.
“It’s nonsense. A referee in a local park at the grassroots level would not give that.
“I think Man United have every right to be very aggrieved with that decision.”
Defeat at Old Trafford ended Man United’s four game winning run.
They are next in action on Thursday (15 September) when they travel to FC Sherrif of Moldova in the Europa League.