By Paul Robinson

1st Aug, 2022 | 4:13pm

Man City news: Robinson issues 'harsh' Ruben Dias verdict as controversy analysed

Paul Robinson has questioned the decision to penalise Man City defender Ruben Dias for handball in the FA Community Shield.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one said the penalty call was “harsh” on the 25-year-old.

Liverpool beat City 3-1 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday to win the FA Community Shield.

Darwin Nunez headed against Dias‘ arm in the second half of the clash between the Premier League and FA Cup winners.

Referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot after consulting the pitchside monitor on the advice of VAR.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the incident, Robinson said: “It is one of them.

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“Some would give it and some would not. VAR was brought in to eradicate errors but it cannot do anything about the subjective nature of football. The handball rule is subject to opinion.

“I think the decision was harsh. I am old school with the handball rule.

“It has been changed so many times, a lot of people aren’t even sure what the rule is anymore. It is one of the most difficult rules to execute in football.

“You cannot take out the element of opinion. Referees interpret the rule differently to one another, as do fans, journalists and pundits.

“You can talk about it all day but it will never be resolved. It will always be an issue.

“In this instance, I think it was harsh on Dias.”

In other news, a pundit has claimed Man City will be desperate to keep ‘absolute diamond’ after John Stones reveal.