Footie pun­dit Ian Hol­loway blames VAR hand­ball chaos on, er, Brexit


PUN­DIT Ian Hol­loway has bizarrely blamed footie’s VAR hand­ball havoc on Brexit.

The ex-Black­pool man­ager claimed the con­tro­ver­sial rule change had been forced on Bri­tain by Brus­sels.

IAN Hol­loway scored a huge own goal af­ter ac­cus­ing the EU of be­ing re­spon­si­ble for the Pre­mier League’s new hand­ball rule.

The for­mer Black­pool and QPR boss claimed the con­tro­ver­sial change was forced on Bri­tain by Brus­sels.

Ap­pear­ing on Sky Sports show The De­bate, he ranted at the video re­view sys­tem af­ter Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s draw at Manch­ester City on Satur­day.

Gabriel Je­sus had his in­jury­time goal dis­al­lowed by the Video As­sis­tant Ref­eree be­cause the ball brushed the hand of team-mate Aymeric La­porte.

Blam­ing the de­ci­sion on Brexit, Hol­loway said: “I think that’s peo­ple telling us what we need to do with our game, now they should stop do­ing that.

“I hope we get out, Brexit, be­cause that’s what peo­ple are vot­ing for and sort­ing that out be­cause you can­not have some­one telling us how to do our own game.”

The new rules mean that a free-kick will be awarded when a goal or clear chance oc­curs from a hand­ball.

But it has noth­ing to do with the EU or Brexit. It was in­tro­duced by the In­ter­na­tional Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Board (IFAB).

Not only are half it its eight mem mem­bers from the UK but the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor re re­spon­si­ble is English for­mer f Pre­mier League r ref­eree David Elleray. Hol­loway’s claims w were roundly mocked. Labour MEP Julie Ward W said: “Ian is yet an an­other English man­ager faiN fail­ing in Europe.” Naomi Smith, chief ex­ec­u­tive utive of Best for Bri­tain, said: “This is rub­bish. VAR is noth­ing to do with wit the EU.”

But Hol­loway H hit back: “FIFA and UEFA have brought these rules in, they told us we’ve got to use VAR. That I’ve got no prob­lem with, but that hand­ball rule that they’ve made up, I don’t want to lis­ten to them.

“It’s the same way I’m sick of us in the UK be­ing told what to do by the EU. Brexit is noth­ing to do with the foot­ball rules, is it? “I’m not that stupid, so I sug­gest peo­ple wash their ears out.”

RANTING: Ian Hol­loway VAR CRY: Rul­ing in the Man Utd v Chelsea match ■ GET­TING THE MES­SAGE: Ref Mike Dean lis­ten­ing to a VAR de­ci­sion

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