Jamie Carragher in epic rant at handball after Spurs vs Newcastle controversy

Jamie Carragher has labelled the handball rule a "disgrace" and "an absolute joke" after late penalty controversy in the 1-1 draw between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.

Spurs dominated the game and were leading 1-0 going into stoppage time when a penalty was awarded after a VAR check for a potential handball by Eric Dier.

An Andy Carroll header hit Dier on the arm and, under the new handball rules, a spot kick was awarded to the Magpies after referee Peter Bankes took a look at the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Callum Wilson duly converted the penalty to rescue a point for Newcastle in the 94th minute.

Despite Dier being unable to do much to avoid the ball hitting his arm, the rules mean Bankes had no choice but to award the spot kick and Sky Sports pundit Carragher has urged the rule to be changed.

Speaking on co-commentary, he said: "Eric Dier jumps for the ball, has no control where his arm is going to be.

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"There’s a header half a yard away from him, hits him in the back of the arm, has no idea what’s going on. This is a joke. Whether it’s the Premier League, the FA, FIFA, Collina, whoever is involved in this, stop it. Because you’re ruining football for everybody. Absolute joke.

"Newcastle fans will be ecstatic, I understand that. But every other fan in the country will be saying exactly what I’m saying."

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Clinton Morrison was also up in arms over the decision, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: "Eric Dier was looking away. He knows nothing about it. I would have been absolutely fuming if this was given against me.

"I totally get it's the law, but you've got to be consistent. Jose Mourinho will be asking why they did not decide to check the handball incident with Jamaal Lascelles moments before, which looked more of a penalty. Eric Dier was looking the other way."

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