Motherwell ace calls for review as players ‘don’t know what handball is anymore’

Motherwell defender Bevis Mugabi insists players don’t know what handball is any more and has called for a review into the new rules.

The Ugandan international was left frustrated after the Steelmen had two penalties awarded against them in Sunday’s 5-1 defeat at home to Rangers.

Mugabi was penalised when Calvin Bassey’s cross into the box was flicked on my Scott Arfield and the ball struck his lower arm

Team-mate Liam Grimshaw was also punished soon after when the ball hit his hand from a corner.

New International Football Association Board (IFAB) handball rules for this season have ensured referees must penalise players for any handball below the armpit.

And Mugabi insists that should be looked at after the “harsh” decisions at Fir Park.

The defender said: “I think they have to review it, for sure, because my arms were by my side, so I can’t really do anything.

“Should my arms be up? Or should they be down? What is it now?

It’s joy for Rangers and dejection for Motherwell after James Tavernier’s opener
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“I think quite a lot of managers are frustrated about the handball rule and the players as well.

“Personally I’m very frustrated because that give them the 1-0 lead.

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“My view of the ball is just seeing it flicked into my arms, so I couldn’t really do anything.

“I thought my arms were by my side as well, so…this handball rule…nobody knows what is a handball and what isn’t.

“It’s a difficult one to take.

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“I didn’t get a view of the other one because I was at the back post and Grimmy was at the front post.

“I honestly haven’t got an opinion on the second one, but from what I’ve heard it’s a harsh one as well.”

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Motherwell have conceded eight of their 18 goals this season to penalty kicks and Mugabi says it’s an Achilles heel they must work hard to rectify.

“It’s not amazing, at all, and it’s something we need to work on,” he said.

“We need to make sure we are in the right position not to give penalties away and deal with crosses into the box to stop us giving penalties away as easily as we are at the moment.

“It’s something we will work on and I’m sure it will improve.”

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