BERLIN (AP) The new rules for handball in football were supposed to bring greater clarity to those who play or watch the match.
In Germany, they are confusing and sparking further criticism of the increasingly unpopular video assistant referee.
Two decisions in Saturday’s best game between Schalke and Bayern Munich, and others scattered among other Bundesliga games over the weekend, have led players, fans, coaches – and even former referees – wondering if the changes are really beneficial to the game.
“The way the rules are changed over and over again makes football worse,” Werder Bremen striker Niclas Fullkrug said after ruling out a goal in his side’s 3-2 defeat at Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Fullkrug thought he had equalized but VAR intervened after the ball hit his arm.
“I don’t understand it. But by the rules, that’s not a target, ”Fullkrug said.
The new rule states that even an accidental hand from the attacking player will be penalized, resulting in a sarcastic reaction from Fullkrug’s teammate Kevin Mohwald.
“This is the shiny new rule that we have. It’s great, ”said Mohwald.
Freiburg felt hit hard in a game at Paderborn when he failed to get a penalty after Jerome Gondorf’s free kick hit the arm of reigning Paderborn captain Christian Strohdiek.
“What bothers me is that there is a difference between a striker’s handball and a defender’s handball. It causes endless discussions,” former referee Thorsten Kinhofer wrote in a column. of the mass-circulation tabloid “Bild am Sonntag”.
Schalke coach David Wagner complained that he missed two penalties against Bayern.
“I honestly look forward to an explanation,” Wagner said.
Bayern defender Benjamin Pavard’s arm blocked a Matija Nastasic header, and then Daniel Caligiuri’s free kick was deflected out of play by Ivan Perisic’s arm.
Referee Marco Fritz allowed the game to continue and did not see the scenes again. Fritz later said he had not received a signal from video assistant Bastian Dankert in Cologne indicating that there had been an error.
Lutz Michael Frohlich, the head of referees at the German Football Association, admitted that Fritz should have checked again.
“For the power of persuasion and the outward effect, it probably would have been better if he had formed his own image,” Frohlich told broadcaster Sport1.
Patience is running out, Borussia Moenchengladbach coach Marco Rose another to add his voice to criticism.
“If you don’t at least come out to watch it again then I don’t understand the point of the video referee either,” Rose said.