Ronaldo has scored 24 goals in 25 Serie A appearances this seasonCristiano Ronaldo’s stunning long-range strike helped defending champions Juventus beat Genoa 3-1 as the Italian giants maintained their four-point advantage at the top of Serie A.After a goalless first half, Paulo Dybala’s fine solo effort put Juventus ahead five minutes after the restart.Ronaldo then got his 24th goal of the season with a fierce 25-yard strike.Douglas Costa curled home a third before Andrea Pinamonti hit a consolation.Ronaldo’s effort came on the day his great rival Lionel Messi joined him in the 700-goal club with a chipped penalty in Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid. Ronaldo has 726 goals, with Messi now on 700.The strike also means Ronaldo is just one goal away from becoming the first Juventus player to reach the 25-goal mark since Omar Sivori in 1960-61. Juventus now have 72 points, four more than second-place Lazio, who beat Torino 2-0 earlier on Tuesday.
‘We have lost the plot with handball’
MOTD2: ‘Ridiculous’ handball rule has ‘got to change’Football has “lost the plot” with the new handball ruling and decisions made by officials are causing Premier League matches to “lose the spectacle”, says Newcastle manager Steve Bruce.The Magpies were awarded a late penalty after Andy Carroll’s knockdown came off Eric Dier’s arm inside the box.Callum Wilson…
MOTD2: ‘Ridiculous’ handball rule has ‘got to change’Football has “lost the plot” with the new handball ruling and decisions made by officials are causing Premier League matches to “lose the spectacle”, says Newcastle manager Steve Bruce.The Magpies were awarded a late penalty after Andy Carroll’s knockdown came off Eric Dier’s arm inside the box.Callum Wilson converted the 97th-minute spot-kick in the 1-1 draw at Tottenham.Spurs boss Jose Mourinho did not want to comment but said there was “no respect” for his club.’We’ve lost the plot’ – Bruce on handball and VARThe hosts led through Lucas Moura’s first-half strike but missed a number of chances, allowing Newcastle to earn a point with their only shot on target in the contest.With time running out, Jonjo Shelvey floated a free-kick into the area which substitute Carroll nodded down but the ball came off Dier’s outstretched arm – with the defender’s back towards the ball – as he jumped to make a challenge.Following a lengthy consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR), on-field official Peter Bankes awarded the penalty after reviewing the incident on the pitch-side monitor.Jose Mourinho says Spurs ‘deserve more respect’Mourinho walked down the tunnel in disgust after seeing Wilson score the penalty and, when asked to give his reaction to the decision, he said: “I don’t want to speak about it.”The only feeling I am ready to share is that I don’t feel Tottenham is respected according to what the club is. No respect.”It is my feeling. You know it is the third club I have managed in the country, so happy so proud, so happy every day, I would not change it for any other job in the world but I feel it, I feel we deserve more respect.”So far this season, six penalties have been awarded for handball compared to 19 in the entirety of the last campaign. At this stage last season, there had been no penalties awarded for handball in the Premier League.The major European leagues were already implementing the new ‘stricter’ interpretation of the handball law last season and that resulted in 50 penalties due to handball in La liga and 60 in Serie A.Bruce added: “The handball has been around for a hundred years. If it is deliberate, no problem, but it has to be clear and obvious. We have lost the plot with it and it loses the spectacle of it.”Maybe we can do something about it, we seem to have these phases where we take everything literally in the Premier League and maybe we have to say no to it.”On Saturday, Roy Hodgson said the “nonsense” handball law that led to a penalty against Joel Ward in Crystal Palace’s 2-1 defeat by Everton was “ruining the game”.Referee Peter Bankes reviewed the decision on the pitch-side monitorSo what is the new law?A new interpretation of the handball law was introduced at the beginning of this season. Under these new rules, a player will be penalised for handball if:The hand/arm is clearly away from the body and outside the “body line” .The player clearly leans into the path of the ball.The ball travels some distance.The ball touches a hand/arm that is clearly raised above the shoulder.The player falls and the hand/arm is extended laterally or vertically away from the body.A deflection clearly makes no difference to the ball touching a hand/arm that is clearly extended away from the body and/or above the shoulder’An absolute joke’ – what the pundits saidFormer Premier League striker Clinton Morrison on BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s a terrible decision. I would be going mad. VAR is ruining our game. It’s the law, I understand, but he is facing the other way. We have got to be more consistent when we are making these decisions.”I totally get it’s the law, but you’ve got to be consistent. Mourinho will be asking why they did not decide to check the handball incident with Jamaal Lascelles moments before, which looked more of a penalty. Dier was looking the other way.”It just frustrates me. At the end of the game I want to talk about football. Instead we are talking about VAR and the handball rule. I would take the handball rule away from the VAR officials.”I like it that the referee goes to the monitor because the players will respect it more. I don’t blame the referee, I blame VAR. That is the problem.”Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports: “An absolute disgrace, a joke. Everyone in this country will say what I am saying. “Dier had no control of where his arm was. Whether it’s the FA, Fifa, Pierluigi Collina, stop it, it is ruining football for everyone. An absolute joke.”Former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness: “It is the new rules. It is harsh but these are the rules.”Maybe it is going to create more excitement and goals and eventually we will get to accept it.”‘Get our game back’ – reaction on social mediaWhat you said on #bbcfootball:Ashley: Yes we need VAR, but that was never a handball by Dier. He clearly didn’t know where the ball was! Change the rule NOW!Adam Salter: In all seriousness, accidental handball should not be given as a penalty. Give it the hockey treatment and award an indirect free-kick on the corner of the box on the byline.
Man City set to complete £65m Dias deal
Ruben Dias scored during Benfica’s league win over Moreirense on SaturdayManchester City are set to sign Portugal defender Ruben Dias from Benfica for £65m his week.City’s Argentina centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, 32, will go the other way for about £13.7m in a separate transfer.Manager Pep Guardiola has wanted a right-sided central defender since Vincent Kompany retired…
Ruben Dias scored during Benfica’s league win over Moreirense on SaturdayManchester City are set to sign Portugal defender Ruben Dias from Benfica for £65m his week.City’s Argentina centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, 32, will go the other way for about £13.7m in a separate transfer.Manager Pep Guardiola has wanted a right-sided central defender since Vincent Kompany retired last summer.Dias, 23, was captain for Benfica’s win over Moreirense on Saturday and hugged team-mates and sporting director Rui Costa at the final whistle.After the match, Dias – who had scored his 12th goal for the club in 133 appearances – told Benfica TV: “It was a very important game for me and being able to mark it with a goal was very special.”I believe that everyone already has an idea why I hugged Rui Costa.”While Dias’ transfer is yet to be completed, only a few minor details remain to be agreed.The failure to secure a replacement for former skipper Kompany was seen as a major reason for City not putting up more of a challenge to Liverpool in last season’s Premier League title race.Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, was initially City’s top target this summer, but the Italian club wanted £80m for the Senegal defender, which City were not prepared to pay.Vardy hat-trick in stunning Leicester win at Man CityWhy John Stones can still save his Man City career – Joleon LescottCancel Culture: Has it gone too far?Video Games: The industries problem with inclusion
FIA tightens rules on drivers’ clothing
Hamilton displayed the message in ItalyFormula 1 drivers have been told they cannot wear clothing bearing any slogans or messages while doing official duties after grands prix.The move is a reaction to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wearing a T-shirt at the last race in Tuscany referencing the case of a woman killed by US police.The FIA…
Hamilton displayed the message in ItalyFormula 1 drivers have been told they cannot wear clothing bearing any slogans or messages while doing official duties after grands prix.The move is a reaction to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wearing a T-shirt at the last race in Tuscany referencing the case of a woman killed by US police.The FIA said podium finishers “must remain attired only in their driving suits done up to the neck”.This must be the case throughout the podium ceremony and interviews.The requirements include a “medical face mask or team-branded face mask”.The move had been expected after talks between the FIA, Mercedes and Hamilton’s representatives before this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.At Mugello, Hamilton wore a T-shirt saying: “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” at the official pre-race anti-racism demonstration and on the podium and during the post-race interviews.He had previously worn a Black Lives Matter T-shirt for the demonstration, but not after the race, while other drivers wore the FIA official “End Racism” T-shirts.FIA to clarify rules on anti-racism shirtsThe FIA looked into whether they should investigate Hamilton on the grounds of breaking any rules, but decided against it.Political messages have long been banned on the podium in F1.Hamilton said at the Russian Grand Prix: “I did something that has never really happened in F1 and obviously they will stop it from happening moving forwards.”Taylor was a black woman shot multiple times as officers raided her home in Louisville, Kentucky, in March. The case is one of a number that has been at the centre of civil rights protests in the US.On Wednesday, authorities in the US decided not to change any of the police officers involved with her killing, a decision that led to sports stars across the world, including Hamilton, expressing their anger and disappointment. Hamilton said in Sochi on Thursday: “I don’t regret a single moment of it. I usually follow my heart and do what I feel is right. “People talk about sport not being a place for politics. Ultimately, it’s a human rights issues and in my opinion that is something we should be pushing towards. “We have a huge collective group of amazing people who watch our sport from multiple different backgrounds and cultures. We should definitely be pushing positive messages towards them, especially for equality. “We push towards road safety and you could say that is human rights.”