EPL ex-referee expresses his thoughts regarding possible penalty in Man Utd – Chelsea match

EPL ex-referee expresses his thoughts regarding possible penalty in Man Utd – Chelsea match

English Premier League former referee Mark Clattenburg shared his opinion regarding possible hand of Callum Hudson-Odoi.

In the central match of the 26th round of the Premier League, Manchester United and Chelsea met. The team of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once again failed to achieve victory in the match against the top six clubs of the league and the fight ended in a draw 0:0. Moreover, the Red Devils have scored only once in seven matches, this happened in the first round against Tottenham London, when United lost 1:6.

But the statistics could have changed in Solskjaer's favor. This stems from the decision of the chief referee of the meeting, Stuart Attwell, who did not assign a penalty shot for Callum Hudson-Odoi's handball in his own penalty area. The ball touched the midfielder's arm, but after watching the VAR, the referee team did not impose a penalty on Chelsea. Clattenburg was categorical in his judgment,

“I am amazed that Manchester United did not qualify for a first half penalty for an overt Hudson-Odoi hand. A Chelsea player's hand was raised, in an unnatural position, and the ball hit it.

It's a mystery how Atttwell did not give a penalty when he was shown the episode from the same angles as the rest of us,” Clattenburg wrote in his column.

It seems to us that Attwell's decision was quite natural. The referee did not kill the heat in the meeting due to the controversial episode where the ball found Hudson-Odoi's hand in the penalty area. Yes, now there are no interpretations whether the player intentionally played with his hand or not. Therefore, according to the letter of the current law, a penalty takes place. But the judge looked deeper at the episode and did not let the game turn into a mess.

We think that the hand rule should be revised, like any violations in the penalty area. An example of this was recently the episode in the match Liverpool - Everton, when Trent Alexander-Arnold, lying on the lawn with the back of his head, broke the rules against Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a penalty was awarded. The current rules require revision, otherwise delusional decisions are made that are contrary to the spirit of the game.