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Willy Boly & Laurent Koscielny: How refs have interpreted Wolves & Arsenal handball precedents

Willy Boly’s handball goal for Wolves vs Man City

It’s almost been a fortnight since Wolves drew 1-1 with Man City in the Premier League.

Reigning champs Man City dropped their first points of the new season at Molineux.

Wolves took the lead in the encounter with a goal from Willy Boly.

Aymeric Laporte equalised for Man City to earn a share of the spoils.

Many questions have since been raised about Boly’s goal against the Sky Blues.

Arguments have been raised that the goal should have been chalked off for two reasons.

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Firstly, Boly scored with a handball. Secondly, Boly was offside.

Willy Boly & Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny

When should a goal be chalked off for handball?

Journalist Jacqui Oatley has this week reported on how the rules surrounding handball goals in the Premier League have been interpreted.

As background, the conversation over handball goals appears to have started back in 2016.

Koscielny’s handball winner at Burnley

That’s after Arsenal picked up a Premier League win at Burnley in controversial circumstances.

On that occasion Arsenal centre-half Laurent Koscielny scored with a handball.

In an incredible update from Jacqui Oatley, Premier League referees have decided that all handball goals, even “if entirely accidental”, should be chalked off.

Social media backlash

Many are now upset by the confusion over handball goals.

Have Premier League referees overstepped their boundaries?

Also see: Why Wolves will win the Premier League next season.

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