Controversial Ref Makes Bold Statement About Alexis Sanchez Goal

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The Gunners beat Hull 2-0 at the Emirates on Saturday to Arsenal up to third place, although Manchester City could overtake them on Monday when they face Bournemouth.

Arsenal took the lead at the first hold of the game through Alexis Sanchez, although he handled the ball to score.

Now, Howard Webb has backed Mark Clattenburg’s decision to allow Alexis Sanchez’ opener stand after a controversial handball.

Webb told BT Sport: “It obviously came off Alexis Sanchez’ arm and to be fair to Mark Clattenburg he’s gone over to the assistant to talk to him as well.

“And I can only conclude they’ve come to the conclusion that it wasn’t deliberate.

“When we see it back I don’t think anybody in the world who sees that sequence of play can say that Sanchez meant to handle it.

“Yes, it came off his hand. If I was a Hull fan, aHull player, the Hull coach, I’d feel bitterly disappointed that I’d had this really bad stroke of luck that went against me but actually Sanchez does nothing other than try to play the ball with his left leg.

“As his left leg goes up naturally his right arm goes up for balance, it pings about in there, comes off the keeper, hits his arm and goes in the goal.

“Certainly not intentional. The law requires handball to be an intentional act and it was’t intentional so as the law is written it is a correct decision by mark Clattenburg to give the goal albeit desperately unlucky to Hull.”

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