De Bruyne slams the referee after City’s loss to Spurs
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De Bruyne slams the referee after City’s loss to Spurs

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has pinned their loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday to the matchday referee.

City went down 2-0 in the game and according to the Belgian, referee Mike Dean's decision to disallow Aymeric Laporte's first-half equaliser, with Gabriel Jesus adjudged to have handled in the build-up, wasn’t the right decision.

“I don't know the rules anymore, honestly. I thought if it was above the arm (top of the sleeve) - it wasn't a handball. Everyone knows it hit him there, but honestly, I don't know the rules.

“But it will be analysed and referees will say it was a good decision. I've been playing professional football for 12 years and in the first nine years there were no rule changes and now there is a lot.

“I don't know why - football is a nice game. It's been difficult. We had about seven days of pre-season. I played with the national team after one training session. I came back Wednesday night from Belgium and couldn't go to the club because we have to have Covid testing, so I couldn't do any regeneration," De Bruyne said.

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