Fowler calls for clarification on handball ruling

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Brisbane Roar’s Robbie Fowler has called for clarification on handball rulings after Sydney FC’s winning goal from the penalty spot.

Adam Le Fondre’s winning goal was shrouded in controversy as Scott Neville was adjudged to have handled the ball off Le Fondre’s shot.

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Neville was sent from the field after receiving his second yellow despite little evidence to suggest a deliberate offence.

The ball grazed the arm of Neville but was difficult to overturn by VAR as it was not a clear-and-obvious error.

Glory’s Fowler said there was no more the 31-year-old could have done.

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“For me as a defender he is not in an unnatural position,” he said.

“I think we need clarity on that.”

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Brisbane seemed comfortable up until this point in keeping out Sydney’s lethal attack.

Whilst Fowler stated he wants more clarification on handball rulings, he also admitted he should look into the laws himself.

“I actually don’t know the rule but I should do,” he said.

“I will go away and have a little study on it.

“I don’t think we’re saying it hasn’t hit his arm but it is incredibly harsh.”

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Fowler said he found no fault in his players despite the call.

“Up to that it is probably as good a performance we’ve had this year,” he said.

“The game has changed with the decision.”

Sydney coach Steve Corica did not sway either way on the call.

“A handball decision you can look at it a million times and everyone has got a different opinion,” he said.

“I am pleased it was a handball because it was the only way we could break them down tonight.”

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Not for the first time this season the higher temperatures were a contributing factor to a sluggish match.

Corica admits it was concerning with a higher frequency of fixtures coming up.

“It was very humid out there,” he said.

“The last few times we have played here it has been very hot.

“The conditions does take a toll on the players.”

Sydney extend their unbeaten run to 12 games and next week face the only side to have beaten them this season in Western Sydney.

Feature image credit: Supplied.

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Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.