MANCHESTER UNITED could have scored a third goal at Everton if Marcus Rashford hadn’t been the player to put the ball in the net.
Rashford thought he had sealed a 3-1 win late at Goodison Park after rounding Jordan Pickford to score.
But VAR ruled out his goal after the ball bounced off his arm following a tackle by James Tarkowski in the lead up to the goal.
However, the new IFAB rules dictate that if Rashford had passed to a team-mate to score, the goal would have been allowed to stand.
The rule book states: “If an accidental hand ball by an attacking player is immediately prior to a goal by another player, the goal is now awarded whereas last season it was likely to have been ruled out.
“However, a player will still be penalized if he commits an accidental handball just before he scores a goal himself.”
United fans were furious that the goal was ticked off with Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt even sharing his anger.
Many felt that Rashford wasn’t handling the ball on purpose and hardly gained an advantage by the ball hitting his arm.
To make matters worse, West Ham pair Gianluca Scamacca and Michail Antonio BOTH handled in the lead up to their goals.
Replays even showed Antonio moving his arm towards the ball to gain control, but both goals stalled even after a VAR check.
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Scamacca didn’t even celebrate his batted shot as the Italian likely believed officials would write off the goal as the ball hit his hand.
Gary Lineker criticized the new law, tweeting: “Rashford’s goal was ruled out by VAR for a totally unintentional handball. Stupid, stupid law.”
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