Absolute chaos as Spurs hit with 96th minute penalty for no-look handball 1 year ago

Absolute chaos as Spurs hit with 96th minute penalty for no-look handball

Newcastle United did not have a shot on goal until the penalty was awarded.

Jose Mourinho did his best to keep a lid on his emotions after a late Spurs handball decision cost his side two precious points.


Tottenham Hotspur should have defeated Newcastle by three or four goals. Instead, they ended up with just a point after a controversial penalty decision deep into injury time.

Spurs led 1-0 through Lucas Moura and should have added to that tally in a game they completely dominated.

Instead, they could not find the killer strike and Steve Bruce tossed on Andy Carroll to give his side a greater physical presence up front. As it transpired, a late free-kick was lofted towards the box. Carroll climbed highest but his header struck the arm of Eric Dier in the Spurs box.

Dier had his back turned and did not intentionally interrupt the flight of the ball:

However, the current league rules state that a penalty may be awarded if the ball strikes the arm of a player, with the arm being away from the body. A penalty can be given (among other reasons) if:

  • The hand/arm is clearly away from the body and outside the "body line"
  • The ball touches hand/arm that is clearly raised above the shoulder

After a long VAR delay, and with referee Peter Bankes referring to the pitch-side monitor, a penalty was awarded to Newcastle United.

Callum Wilson stepped up, after a decision furore died down, and slotted home a 96th minute equaliser.

There was an additional minute played, after that Wilson goal, but the game ended in a draw. As José Mourinho stormed down the tunnel, a number of Spurs players confronted the officials.


Spurs goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos pulled captain Harry Kane away from the fray, only to himself receive a red card for staying behind to remonstrate. In his post-match interview with Laura Woods, Mourinho commented:

"I don't think... I think about my team performance. Really, really good performance... it should have been 3-0 or 4-0 but for Karl Darlow's performance.

"We had that situation where we lost two points, but I am not going to comment on it. I react during the game, but I don't want to speak about it. If I have to give money away, I prefer to give it to a charity."


"This is ridiculously harsh," said Graeme Souness on Sky Sports after the game. "But you can't blame the referee because he's only following the rules."

The latest handball decision comes a day after Crystal Palace's Joel Ward had a penalty awarded against him for a similar offence against Everton.