Burnley Boss Criticizes Refereeing Consistency; Vincent Kompany Confused by Handball Law

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Vincent Kompany claimed that he doesn’t understand the handball law after several managers complained about its interpretation to the Premier League.

The Burnley manager has been vocal about various injustices he believes have impacted their first season back in the top flight.

And the league admitted that one of the key decisions that have gone against them – disallowing a goal during the 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest for a Sander Berge handball – was the incorrect call.

Kompany has also bemoaned the lack of handball given when Burnley lost at Bournemouth – and hasn’t seen consistency across the division all year.

‘My understanding of them is diminishing by the day,’ he said. ‘I’ll stick to what I understand. It’s like with the VAR debate – I do believe the intentions are the right ones. That’s an important baseline.

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany has claimed that he doesn’t understand the handball law after several top flight bosses complained about its interpretation to the Premier League

Kompany has bemoaned several decisions to go against his side this season and insisted he is just focused on his team instead, with the Clarets in 19th place and seven points from safety

Kompany has bemoaned several decisions to go against his side this season and insisted he is just focused on his team instead, with the Clarets in 19th place and seven points from safety

‘But it’s something I can’t control – so I concentrate on our team instead. What gets decided, you just want consistency. That’s all you can hope for as a manager – consistency.

‘A lot of us were players as well and can always give our feedback. We trust they will come to the right decision – but it has to be consistent.’ Burnley have received multiple letters from the Premier League apologising for mistakes but only the Berge incident at the City Ground was cited among 20 league-wide incorrect calls when chief of football Tony Scholes this week outlined that VAR needs to improve.

Scholes had fielded questions from confused managers specifically about handball earlier in the campaign. He said: ‘One manager made the comment, which was supported by a number of the others, that he had “absolutely no idea” where the handball law was [at].

The Premier League admitted a decision to disallow midfielder Sander Berge's goal during Burnley's clash with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in September was incorrect

The Premier League admitted a decision to disallow midfielder Sander Berge’s goal during Burnley’s clash with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in September was incorrect

‘Then they commented on where they thought it should be. We have to serve the game and how football feels the laws should be interpreted.

‘So we are now talking to captains, managers, club executives and consulting the PFA, LMA and Football Supporters Association to try to find agreement going forward.’

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