Jamie Carragher launches scathing attack on authorities for "ruining football"

Jamie Carragher has hit out at the authorities for "ruining football" after more handball controversy at Tottenham.

Spurs thought they had done enough to earn all three points against Newcastle until Eric Dier was adjudged to have handled in the penalty area in stoppage time.

Dier jumped to challenge Andy Carroll for a header and the ball ricocheted off his arm, although he had his back to the action.

Play initially continued but after consulting VAR and watching the incident again on the pitchside monitor, the referee pointed to the spot.

Callum Wilson dispatched from 12 yards, and Carragher was livid with the decision – and the change in the law.


"Disgrace, an absolute joke,” Carragher said on commentary for Sky Sports. “Newcastle fans will be ecstatic, I understand that. But every other fan in the country will be saying exactly what I’m saying.

“This is a joke. Whether it’s the Premier League, the FA, FIFA, [Pierluigi] Collina. Whoever is involved in this stop it. Because you’re ruining football for everybody. Absolute joke.”

Tottenham wasted a raft of chances to increase their advantage before ultimately paying the price in controversial fashion.

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Lucas Moura fired them in front in the first half but Karl Darlow made a string of impressive saves to deny Harry Kane.

Heung-min Son also hit the woodwork for Spurs who have now dropped five points from their opening three games.

Goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos was shown a red card for his protestations after full-time, while Jose Mourinho stormed straight down the tunnel after the penalty was scored.

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