Burnley player finally opens up on ‘controversial’ handball decision vs Nottingham Forest

The latest Nottingham Forest news, as the Clarets’ second goal in the second half of the 1-1 draw at the City Ground was ruled off.

Sander Berge, Burnley midfielder, has responded to the decision to rule a goal out for handball against Nottingham Forest, calling the situation “strange.”

On Monday night, Forest hosted the newly promoted side at the City Ground. Zeki Amdouni’s first-half goal forced the Reds to come from behind.

Callum Hudson-Odoi capped an amazing start with an equally stunning goal after the break to bring Forest level. However, Steve Cooper’s men believed they had fallen behind again later in the game, an incident that was one of the
big talking points after the full-time whistle.

Berge took advantage of a mistake by Forest defender Scott McKenna before passing the ball to Lyle Foster, who scored. However, a VAR review determined that Berge had committed a handball offense in the buildup to the goal.

The Burnley man has spoken in on the decision. The midfielder claims he did not make a premeditated movement to the ball.


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“I went with McKenna, the ball just drops there, I run, and all of a sudden the ball comes with me,” he told Burnley’s official media channels. “When I ran through, I didn’t feel like I used my hand to get the ball with me; it was just my natural movement.”

“When we score, I don’t think about it as a handball. The referee questioned if I used my hand, and I couldn’t tell since I just felt like I was sprinting with my arm next to my torso.

“It’s an odd one. I haven’t received it yet, so it’s tough to say.”

Berge emphasized the struggle that they encountered at the City Ground in his overall reflection on the game. He expressed his satisfaction with his team’s performance.

“The lads shown excellent character. “This is a difficult place to come; they obviously won away at Chelsea in their last game,” he continued.

“Even when it was 1-1, we kept pushing for a winner away in a hostile environment.” So I’m proud of the guys, and we were unlucky not to get the three points.”

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