Tottenham fall foul of handball rule to draw with Newcastle

September 28, 2020
Tottenham’s Harry Kane (centre) talks to referees during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham and Newcastle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, yesterday.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane (centre) talks to referees during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham and Newcastle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, yesterday.

LONDON (AP):

Tottenham fell foul of the Premier League's newly adopted interpretation of defensive handballs, conceding a penalty deep into stoppage time to draw 1-1 at home to Newcastle yesterday.

A header by Newcastle substitute Andy Carroll struck the outstretched arm of Eric Dier -- who was looking the other way -- inside the area, and the referee awarded a penalty after viewing the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Callum Wilson converted the spot kick in the seventh minute of added-on time, leading to Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho storming down the tunnel in disgust.

The Premier League has fallen in line with the rest of European football this season and applied the defensive handball ruling in a stricter way rather than judging it on intent. Like Robin Koch, Victor Lindelof, Matt Doherty, Neal Maupay, and Joel Ward before him this season, Dier was adjudged to have made his body unnaturally bigger by having his arm out when it was hit by the ball.

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