Emre Can insists Manchester City’s penalty was against the rules

Thu 15 April 2021 | 9:27

Manchester City were finally able to reach the Champions League’s semi-finals by beating Dortmund 2-1 last night.

Jude Bellingham’s opener was canceled by Riad Mahrez’s penalty as Emre Can was whistled for a handball in the box 10 minutes into the second half as he headed the ball off his outstretched arm.

The penalty canceled the result that could lift Borussia Dortmund to the semi-finals.

 “All in all, that was okay. In the end, that doesn't really help us either. The game clearly changed after the 1-1 draw," the ex-Liverpool and Juventus player said to

Sky Germany


"I touched the ball first with my head and then it somehow hit my hand. The rules say it's not a handball.

"To have received a penalty against us because of that and maybe because of that, to have lost the game leaves a bitter taste. A goal was stolen from us in the first leg. It hurts."

In agree to Emre Can, Marco Reus also wasn’t convinced by the referee’s decision.

“From my point of view, it was a handball. But I was also just told that the ball bounced off Emre's head to his hand. According to FIFA rules, it is then not a penalty," he said.

"If it had happened like that on the other side, we would have protested loudly too, you have to be honest. You have to honestly admit that City were better and smarter today.

"You have to acknowledge that without envy. Still, if we didn't concede the goal, maybe we could have kept it open. Then we might get better counter situations, unfortunately we didn't manage that. "

In March, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) moved to clarify the current handball law.

"The members confirmed that not every touch of a player’s hand/arm with the ball is an offence," the IFAB explained in a statement.

"In terms of the criterion of the hand/arm making a player’s body 'unnaturally bigger', it was confirmed that referees should continue to use their judgment in determining the validity of the hand/arm’s position in relation to the player’s movement in that specific situation."

source: SportMob