‘From Basketball To Rugby’-Solskjaer Joins Criticism Of New Refereeing Approach After ManU Draw

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the manager of Manchester United, has joined Jurgen Klopp in criticizing the way referees are interpreting new laws this season. The new season’s rules have been loosened, with officials no longer penalizing “trivial things.”

“It’s like we’re going back 10 to 15 years,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. Solskjaer concurred after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday, claiming the game had gone from “one extreme to the other.”

In the build-up to Southampton’s goal, Solskjaer’s team felt they should have been granted a free-kick for Jack Stephens’ foul on Bruno Fernandes.

“It’s a foul. He goes straight through Bruno, his hip and with his armpit and his arm across him,” said Solskjaer. “I’m not worried but we have to look at it because we can’t go from one extreme of volleyball or basketball from last year and go into rugby now.

Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas argued on BBC Radio 5 Live on Saturday that big character coaches must support the rule change.

“Jurgen Klopp is the first person I’ve heard saying he wants it to go back to how it was – which is disappointing,” said Jenas. “The referees have taken so much criticism in the past couple of years for the way that the game has gone with VAR and the way they referee the game and they’ve reacted in the right way I think.

Source: BBC Sport

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