Newcastle penalty vs Spurs: Fans remember the free-kick that led to controversial spot-kick

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Tottenham fans will be waking up on Monday morning still wondering how on earth they didn’t beat Newcastle yesterday.

Spurs had 66% possession and took 23 shots, 12 of which were on target. Newcastle, who had just one shot on target, somehow came away with a 1-1 draw.

That one shot on target came in the 97th-minute through Callum Wilson’s penalty.

But that doesn’t even begin to tell the story.

The decision to award Newcastle a penalty was absolutely ridiculous.

Andy Carroll won a header which struck Eric Dier on the arm. But the defender wasn’t even looking and was so close to Carroll that he simply couldn’t do anything about it.

But like we’ve seen only too many times already this season, referee Peter Bankes went over to take a look at the VAR monitor and awarded a very controversial penalty.

Wilson stuck it away and Jose Mourinho marched down the tunnel before the final whistle in protest.

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Everyone has now had their say on the award of the penalty and we’re yet to hear from anyone who thinks it was the correct decision.

However, what about the free-kick that led to the penalty? You can’t blame fans for forgetting about the free-kick award considering what happened afterwards.

But a video of the free-kick is going viral on Twitter. It shows Joelinton literally jumping into Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as he gives the ball away. Incredibly, the ref gives Newcastle a free-kick.

It was from that free-kick that Jonjo Shelvey floated the ball in for Carroll to earn his side a penalty.

After seeing it for a second time, fans can’t quite believe the decision and some think it’s even worse than the penalty award!

Check out the reaction:

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Despite his side benefitting from the very dubious decision, Newcastle manager Steve Bruce called the award of the penalty ‘a nonsense.’

“If you’re going to tell me that is handball then we all may as well pack it in,” Bruce said after the game. “It’s a nonsense, a nonsense of a rule. It’s gone for us today – however, it’s ludicrous.

“We’ve got away with one. It fell for us today. Maybe we should query these new rules and who makes them.

"I thought VAR would come in for the clear and obvious. It’s ludicrous. I am not a big lover of it. We saw Roy Hodgson last night. It’s a nonsense. We saw a ridiculous one yesterday with Everton and their winning goal; we saw an equally ridiculous one today. I should be happy but I can’t say I agree with it.”

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