Newcastle had just one shot on target in their 1-1 draw with Spurs – the extremely controversial last-minute penalty scored by Callum Wilson after a ball clipped Eric Dier’s arm.
The 95th-minute VAR intervention saw Spurs boss Jose Mourinho storm down the tunnel furiously, keeper Hugo Lloris scream ‘f**k off’ after seeing the ball fly into his net, while his goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos was sent off for protesting at the referee following the final whistle.
The call sparked outrage, and even Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said the new handball rule is ruining football, despite the result.
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Mourinho refused to comment on the decision after the match – saying he didn’t want to be fined by the Football Association.
“I’m not going to comment on it,” he said. “I don’t want to speak about it. If I want to give money away then I give to charities, I don’t want to give to the FA. So I prefer not to comment.”
Newcastle boss Bruce admitted to Sky Sports: “I can understand why Spurs will go berserk and Roy Hodgson reacted like he did.
“It is a total nonsense, we should be jumping through hoops but I would be devastated if that was us.
“The decisions are ruining the spectacle. We have to get together as managers and say this must stop.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher slammed the call on Sky Sports. He declared: “It’s an absolute disgrace. An absolute joke.
“Newcastle fans will be ecstatic, I can understand that. But everyone else in this country will say exactly what I am saying and what I am thinking.
“Eric Dier jumps for the ball, has no control of where his arms are going, there is a header half a yard away from him, hits him on the back of the arm, has no idea what is going on.”
Carragher begged football’s hierarchy to change the laws. He said: “This is a joke. Whether it’s the Premier League, the FA, Fifa, [Pierluigi] Collina, whoever’s involved in this – stop it, because you are ruining football for everybody.