‘What a pile of S***!’: Alan Shearer SLAMS decision to award Manchester City a first-half penalty for handball against RB Leipzig… as Rio Ferdinand claims the laws of the game are at fault
- Man City were awarded a controversial first half penalty against RB Leipzig
- Leipzig’s Benjamin Henrichs was adjudged by VAR to have handled the ball
- Alan Shearer, Nedum Onuoha and Rio Ferdinand all slammed the decision
Alan Shearer led the outrage from pundits at the award of a controversial penalty for Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with RB Leipzig.
Pep Guardiola’s side headed into the clash with the score 1-1 on aggregate after last month’s first leg.
After starting brightly at the Etihad, City were given a penalty when VAR adjudged Leipzig defender Benjamin Henrichs to have handled in the area after Rodri headed towards goal.
The spot kick was awarded despite no City players appealing for it, while the ball appeared to barely touch Henrichs’s arm – although it was outstretched.
And Shearer was one of many pundits to voice his wrath with the decision as he tweeted: ‘What a pile of s*** the hand ball law is. #pathetic #MCIRBL.’
Alan Shearer slammed the call to award Man City a penalty for handball against RB Leipzig
Erling Haaland scored the first of his five goals on the night from the controversial spot kick
Rio Ferdinand also hit out at the penalty decision and claimed the handball laws are ‘bad rules’
Speaking in the BT Sport studio at half-time, Rio Ferdinand and Nedum Onuoha also expressed their frustration with the penalty call and blamed the handball rule.
Ferdinand said: ‘The letter of the law would say it’s a penalty but this is a bad rule.
‘He (Henrichs) is not looking at the ball when he’s jumping his hands have to be around that area and I think it’s a bad decision… or I should say bad rule.’
Former City defender Onuoha added: ‘It’s not something that I thought was serious.
‘Rodri wasn’t appealing, it (the ball) has barely touched him, the video referee has seen something that no one really cares about.’
Haaland netted from the spot and City went on to tear Leipzig apart in the rest of the first half.
The Norwegian added another goal 76 seconds later, before he completed his hat-trick before half-time.
Guardiola’s side continued to dominate with further second half goals from Ikay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne and two more from Haaland in a superb 7-0 win.
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