OFF HIS HEAD, SON!
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