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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