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'Total nonsense': Controversial penalty sees Newcastle draw with Spurs but even Bruce admits new handball rule is a joke

A hugely controversial penalty saw Newcastle snatch a late draw with Tottenham on Saturday afternoon, yet manager Steve Bruce admitted that the new handball rule is ‘nonsense.’

The visitors fell behind early on after some good work from Harry Kane teed up Lucas Moura for a tap-in at the far post, Magpies stopper Karl Darlow helping to keep his side in the game with a string of magnificent saves.

Newcastle continued to struggle in the second half, yet with just minutes to go they were awarded a penalty seemingly out of nowhere, Spurs defender Eric Dier harshly adjudged to have handled the ball after an Andy Carroll header brushed off his arm from a yard away. Summer signing Callum Wilson duly stepping up and firing the spot-kick past Hugo Lloris to seal an unlikely point for the Magpies.

That incredibly harsh decision comes after a weekend which has some particularly questionable refereeing decisions regarding handball, with Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace particularly aggrieved after they fell victim of the new handball rules in their 2-1 defeat to Everton at Selhurst Park.

The former England manager deemed the new rules ‘completely unacceptable’ and ones that are ‘destroying the enjoyment of the game’, and Newcastle manager Bruce was equally as critical, claiming that it was beginning to ‘ruin the spectacle’ and that Premier League managers should unite to alter the new implementation of the rules.

“I can understand why Spurs will go beserk 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,” Bruce told Sky Sports.

”Maybe Roy is right, maybe we all need to get together. The decisions are ruining the spectacle. We have to get together as managers and say this must stop.

“If our goalkeeper didn’t play as well first half they would have been out of sight. Second half we were better and posed a bit of a threat. Our goalkeeper has got us a point and a decision that went our way.”

Newcastle are next in action against Newport County in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, before facing Burnley on Saturday in the Premier League.

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