Newcastle United legend, Alan Shearer, has hit out on the guidelines regarding handball incidents within the English Premier League (EPL) following Chelsea’s 0-0 draw in opposition to Manchester United on Sunday.

Man Uniteds’ staff have been aggravated to not have been awarded a penalty within the first half when Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Greenwood contested for the ball, which bounced up and appeared to hit each gamers’ arms contained in the 18-yard field.

VAR referred to as referee Stuart Attwell however he determined to not give a spot-kick after consulting the on-pitch display screen.

Recall that the EPL has issued an announcement to elucidate the choice to not award Manchester United a penalty in Sunday’s conflict in opposition to Chelsea.

Reacting, Shearer mentioned the referees act as if they “haven’t bought a clue.”

“I don’t need to see it given as handball, however once you have a look at the legal guidelines… have a look at the Chelsea gamers, they’re interesting for handball, nevertheless it hits Callum Hudson-Odoi’s arm,” Shearer instructed BBC Sport.

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“Underneath the legal guidelines, that ought to be a penalty. I don’t suppose it ought to be, however due to the legal guidelines.

“Now there’s a lot confusion, the referees are confused, they haven’t bought a clue what is true and improper.

“It’s been tweaked. It’s been modified mid-season to accommodate it. Whether or not the hand’s excessive, whether or not pure, unnatural, you might have sleeves, the inconsistencies each week.

“I used to be at Southampton vs Wolves, and the ball was smashed from two yards, 100mph, hits his arm, penalty, however there was nothing he might do.

“Twenty minutes later, the defender’s arm is out from 20 yards, doesn’t give a penalty. Final week, West Brom vs Burnley, that wasn’t given. There’s a lot confusion round this regulation. It’s unbelievable, the referees haven’t bought a clue.

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“It’s not important of referees in any respect. It’s important of the system, what they’re instructed to do. One factor it’s this, then it modifications recreation to recreation. The regulation shouldn’t be tweaked mid-season.

“They’re confused, they don’t know what to present. It’s like a rabbit within the headlights, they don’t know in the event that they’re coming or going. We have been instructed a number of years in the past they wouldn’t re-referee video games, most profit, minimal intervention.

“Clear and apparent for the howlers, none of that has occurred. The referees are worse now than 4 or 5 years in the past. It’s so complicated.”

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