Gary Lineker hints Man Utd penalty in FA Cup final wouldn’t stand under new rule

Bruno Fernandes previews FA Cup final

Gary Lineker has hinted that Manchester United’s penalty awarded in the FA Cup final would not have counted under the new handball laws which he claimed are set to arrive in English football. VAR intervened to hand the Red Devils a spot-kick which was comfortably dispatched by Bruno Fernandes in the all-Manchester derby at Wembley after Jack Grealish was adjudged to have handled in the box, but Lineker claims it may not be given under the new rules.

Referee Paul Tierney pointed to the spot in the first half to give United a way back into the game after VAR officials decided Grealish’s hand was in an unnatural position when he blocked Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s header into the box.

Fernandes stepped up and scored to make it 1-1 after Ilkay Gundogan’s historic opener after 14 seconds, but the German produced another long-range effort which proved to be the winner as Pep Guardiola’s side celebrated a Premier League and FA Cup double.

But Lineker suggests United were perhaps fortunate to get the penalty under the current rules, as the 62-year-old claimed to have inside information from a ‘reliable’ source that handball rules are set to be simplified.

“I have it on very reliable information that that law will be simplified, the handball law,” BBC presenter Lineker said during a debate on the penalty at half-time.

“I think they’re almost going to go back to how it was, common sense.

“I always think it’s kind of ludicrous when they say your hand is in an unnatural position, because unless it’s not attached to your body then it has to be natural, surely.”


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