MARK CLATTENBURG: Danny Rose’s arm was outside his body and he made himself bigger… It was always going to be a penalty once it was referred
- Bjorn Kuipers was right to award Manchester City a penalty in the first half
- Tottenham’s Danny Rose had his arm outside his body, which defies UEFA rules
- It was always going to be a penalty once the decision was referred to VAR
In keeping with UEFA instruction, referee Bjorn Kuipers was right to award Manchester City a penalty when Danny Rose handled as he slid to block Raheem Sterling’s shot.
Rose’s arm was outside his body and that, say UEFA, means the Spurs defender is making himself bigger. UEFA issued this instruction after similar incidents in the Champions League earlier in the season.
It was always going to be a penalty once it was referred to VAR and Rose knew it, you could tell by the way his body slumped.
Manchester City were given a penalty after Danny Rose was deemed to have handled the ball
Rose received a yellow card after referee Bjorn Kuipers consulted VAR to review the incident
What I found interesting was that no City player appealed for the penalty and both sides seemed surprised when the game was stopped for the VAR check.
This is because Premier League teams would not expect this sort of handball to be given as a penalty.
It was good that Kuipers took a look for himself, though. The PGMOL want referees in England to rely on the advice of the video referee, whereas UEFA instruct them to make their own decision.
Kuipers consulted VAR and was right to award City a penalty against Tottenham
Rose’s arm was outside his body and that, say UEFA, means he is making himself bigger
This is important, a referee should always make the final call. If not, you spend the next five minutes worrying about whether the decision was right.
Later in the first half, the elbow of City midfielder Fernandinho connected with the back of Harry Kane’s head as the pair landed after an aerial challenge.
It was not referred to VAR and I think this is right. It was not a clear and obvious error, we don’t want VAR to ruin the game with too many checks.