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Mugabi ‘Frustrated’ By New Handball Rule, Asks IFAB For Review

Uganda Cranes defender Bevis Mugabi has added voice to the frustrations from the football fraternity against the new handball rule.

Mugabi was on the wrong end of the handball decision in Motherwell’s loss to Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.

On Sunday, Rangers maintained their unbeaten start to SPL with a 5-1 win over Mugabi’s Motherwell at Fir Park thanks to goals from Jordan Jones, James Tavernier (2) and Cedric Itten (2).

The lanky defender was penalised after a cross from Calvin Bassey hit his hand for Rangers’s first goal.

The new International Football Association Board rules state that any handball below the armpit in the box is a penalty.

“I think they have to review it,” Mugabi told Daily Record. “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? I think quite a lot of managers are frustrated about the handball rule and the players as well.

Bevis Mugabi (left) taking a knee before kickoff

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

In the loss against Rangers, Motherwell conceded two penalties – Liam Grimshaw was also penalised for a handball.

“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.”

According to Daily Record, Motherwell have conceded eight penalties this season, and will hope for better luck when they travel to Kilmarnock on Thursday.


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