Sport Bruce calls for handball rule change despite Newcastle penalty award
Why is the new handball rule so contentious & will it be changed?
It has inspired stern words from some of the leading figures in the Premier League, but what is the problem with the handball rule?The new handball rule was rolled out by the IFAB ahead of the 2019-20 season and there were some minor tweaks made to the wording ahead of the 2020-21 season after widespread annoyance among those involved in the game.
Steve Bruce has become the latest Premier League manager to criticise the new handball law and called for the Premier League to scrap it despite Newcastle United benefiting from a late penalty decision to equalise at Tottenham Hotspur.
A free-kick floated into the Tottenham box in second-half stoppage time was headed by Andy Carroll onto the right arm of an airborne Eric Dier at point-blank range.
Premier League referees up in arms over controversial handball rule
Premier League officials are just as angry as players and managers about the new handball law but feel powerless to change it due to instructions from referees chief Mike Riley. One source said that 'it's Riley's way or no way' when asked whether leading referees such as Mike Dean and Michael Oliver would be given a say on how to interpret the new law that has been introduced this season.Sportsmail knows of members of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited who do not like the new law and how it is interpreted.
After VAR concluded that there was no offside during the set-piece, referee Peter Bankes went over to the pitchside monitor and controversially gave the spot-kick.
Callum Wilson slotted home despite Hugo Lloris getting a touch on the ball and a furious Jose Mourinho then stormed down the tunnel before the final whistle had blown.
Speaking after the game, Bruce said: 'I can understand why Spurs are going to go berserk. It's a total nonsense. We've got one today and we should be jumping for joy and through hoops, but I'd be devastated if it was against us.
Premier League refs will show greater leniency in handball decisions
Following outrage over a spate of controversial decisions after the implementation of a new, stricter definition of the rule, clubs were told that top flight officials would now be more lenient.Following outrage over a spate of controversial decisions after the implementation of a new, stricter definition of the rule, clubs were told on Tuesday day that top flight officials would now be given more leniency.
'Maybe Roy [Hodgson]'s right, we have to all get together. We put the referees under this enormous pressure. The handball rule's been around for years and if it's deliberate handball then yes, but the decisions are, for me, ruining the spectacle.
'It was great for us today of course, but we have to brutally honest, one or two of them will go against us, so I think we have to get together as the managers, coaches to go to the Premier League and say, "this must stop".'
Crystal Palace manager Hodgson, after admitting last week that his side were lucky to get a penalty last week in the 3-1 win at Manchester United, had blasted the decision to penalise his right back Joel Ward as the Eagles lost 2-1 to Everton on Saturday and said the ruling was 'killing the game'.
'I do not understand how we in football, and I'm talking now about the Premier League, I'm talking about referees, I'm talking about managers, I'm talking about coaches and I'm talking about players, I do not understand how we have allowed this rule to come into operation,' he fumed.
Q&A on handball rule with ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg
Now we're seeing the Premier League become a breeding ground for controversial, cheap penalties. Here, Sportsmail's Mark Clattenburg explains why… © Provided by Daily Mail The handball rule has been blasted again after another weekend of controversy in the league What is the handball law?It is an offence if a player touches the ball with his hand or arm below the sleeve when he has made his body 'unnaturally bigger'.
'For me, it's completely unacceptable and it's certainly destroying my enjoyment of the game of football.
'I'm just disappointed that the result went against us in the way it did as a result of a rule that we've now brought into football which I think is killing the game.
'I'm not just saying it today, I've been saying it all along. For me, handball is a very simple rule. When you deliberately handle it to stop a goal being scored or to get an advantage, it's handball. And when the ball hits you and you can do nothing about it, it's not handball.'
Spurs had taken a first-half lead against the Magpies when Harry Kane's ball zipped across the box for Lucas Moura to convert at the back post.
Son Heung-min hit the woodwork twice before being replaced at half-time by Steven Bergwijn after sustaining a hamstring injury.
MARK CLATTENBURG: Premier League is plagued by confusion over handball
He must explain why Manchester United ’s Victor Lindelof was penalised for handball when no one in a Crystal Palace shirt even appealed. Explain why Gabriel was not penalised.Mike Riley must sort out the handball confusion now
The visitors had Karl Darlow to thank for keeping them in the game as he made 11 saves before the late drama.
Video: Do West Brom have every right to feel upset by the lack of VAR interference on the handball in Chelsea's third goal? (Birmingham Mail)
handball in front of 500 spectators: the new reality begins for the Füchse Berlin .
The Füchse receive the Hungarian club from Gyöngyös in the first competitive game of the season - and are already thinking of further goals. © Photo: Camera 4 / Imago Aiming high. Let Andersson (center) and the foxes want to keep growing. The first, probably somewhat more demanding, hurdle has already been overcome.