Jamie Redknapp slams 'ridiculous' handball rule after Kai Havertz goal disallowed

  • Kai Havertz's goal in the second half against Aston Villa was disallowed for handball

West Ham United v Chelsea FC - Premier League
West Ham United v Chelsea FC - Premier League / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Jamie Redknapp has strongly criticised the controversial handball rule after Arsenal's Kai Havertz had a last-minute goal disallowed in the face-off against Aston Villa, terming the regulation "terrible" and "ridiculous."

In the high-stakes clash between the top-flight teams at Villa Park, John McGinn's early seventh-minute strike proved decisive as Unai Emery's side clinched their 15th consecutive home league win. However, the game's climax saw Arsenal denied what they believed was a late equaliser by Havertz.

Amid a chaotic scramble in the box, Havertz managed to turn the ball home, only for referee Jarred Gillett to judge it as a handball, a decision subsequently upheld by VAR. 

Redknapp, in a post-match discussion with Karen Carney on Sky Sports, vehemently criticised the existing laws of the game.

Jamie Redknapp slams 'ridiculous' handball rule after Havertz goal was disallowed

Kai Havertz, Matty Cash
Kai Havertz thought he had equalised for Arsenal against Aston Villa but the goal was ruled out for offside / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

"It's a terrible rule that any time a ball touches a player's hand and if a goal occurs after then it becomes a handball, which is ridiculous when you think about it," Redknapp expressed his frustration. "We're getting ourselves in such a mess with these rules all the time. How on earth can that be handball when he's not meant to do it? It's a rubbish law."

While Mikel Arteta cryptically commented on the incident, saying 'clear and obvious' without openly criticising the officials, Redknapp urged for a change in the regulations, highlighting the need to improve football as a spectacle and increase goal-scoring opportunities.

"The powers that be have to look at that and go, it's a bad rule," Redknapp emphasized. "Whoever's decided to come up with that as the law, I think it's ridiculous because it's cost Arsenal a goal."

Redknapp's strong criticism echoed the growing frustration within the football community, calling for a revision of the contentious handball rule to prevent such contentious decisions from impacting crucial moments in matches.