Man City ace De Bruyne slams ref after Spurs defeat: I don't know rules anymore

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne hit out at the match officials after their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham.

De Bruyne was unimpressed with referee Mike Dean's decision to disallow Aymeric Laporte's first-half equaliser, with Gabriel Jesus adjudged to have handled in the build-up.

“I don't know the rules anymore, honestly," he said.

“I thought if it was above the arm (top of sleeve) - it wasn't handball. Everyone knows it hit him there, but honestly I don't know the rules.

“But it will be analysed and referees will say it was a good decision.

“I've been playing professional football for 12 years and in the first nine years there were no rule changes and now there a lots.

“I don't know why - football is a nice game.

“It's been difficult. We had about seven days of pre-season. I played with national team after one training session.

“I came back Wednesday night from Belgium and couldn't go to the club because we have to have Covid testing, so I couldn't do any regeneration."