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Ian Wright demands law change which could upset Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes

Ian Wright claims a law should be made to prevent penalty takers from jumping during their run up. Wright was speaking on Match of the Day on Saturday evening following Manchester United’s win over West Brom. United beat the Baggies at Old Trafford in a match shrouded by controversy.

West Brom were given a penalty with the score at 0-0 after Bruno Fernandes appeared to trip Conor Gallagher.

However, referee David Coote overturned his decision after being advised by VAR to review the incident on the pitch-side monitor.

Less than 10 minutes later, United were awarded a penalty of their own after Darnell Furlong handled in his own 18-yard box.

Fernandes took the spot kick with his familiar style which fans have become accustomed with since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon last January.

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The Portuguese jumped in the air just before he struck the ball but Baggies goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was equal to the effort.

However, Johnstone was off his line when he made the save, allowing Fernandes to retake the spot kick and score at the second time of asking.

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But Wright believes the current law is unfair for goalkeepers, that penalty takers are allowed to jump like Fernandes to slightly delay the taking of the penalty, but goalkeepers are not allowed to move forward.

“It is [difficult for goalkeepers],” Wright said.

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“And then you’ve got forwards jumping up, doing this, doing that sort of stuff and the goalie can’t move his foot off.

“They should stop people jumping and that, they should have to make a full… just run at the ball and hit it.

“If they can move and the goalies can’t, that’s not fair.”

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker pressed Wright on his comment, asking: “Are you going to have a law that says you can’t jump?”

To which Wright responded: “Yeah, you have to go straight through your penalty run up, no jumping.”

After the match, West Brom boss Slaven Bilic was left fuming by the officials’ decision to overturn the foul on Gallagher.

“I’m very disappointed with the decision,” Bilic told BT Sport.

“I felt like ‘small West Brom’. All those crucial decisions went against us.

“I’ve watched it a few times and it’s a clear penalty. I don’t understand why he overturned it.

“It’s a handball [by Furlong for United’s penalty]. It’s a bit unlucky but it’s handball.

“Before that it was a clear foul on Conor Gallagher. Instead of 1-0 for us, it’s 1-0 for them. When you play against Manchester United away it’s a huge difference.”

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