‘If I want to give some money away I give to charity, not to the FA’: Seething Jose Mourinho refuses to comment on Newcastle’s controversial late penalty at Tottenham to avoid being fined as new handball rule continues to cause chaos in the Premier League
Jose Mourinho refused to criticise the latest handball farce which cost Tottenham victory against Newcastle on Sunday, insisting he would rather give money to charity than risk an FA fine – but Steve Bruce did fume at the ‘ludicrous’ new law which earned his side a point but which is ‘ruining’ the Premier League.
Callum Wilson’s penalty rescued a draw the visitors barely deserved after Eric Dier was penalised for handball in stoppage time – despite the defender looking the other way when Andy Carroll’s header struck him from point-blank range.
‘We know the Tottenham box is a special box,’ Mourinho said afterwards.
Jose Mourinho was left furious at the last-gasp penalty decision in Newcastle’s favour
Dier shows his frustration after he was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area
Andy Carroll’s header strikes the ball of Dier, who is facing the other way, at the death
‘We kept them away, and then we had a situation that we lost two points but I’m not going to comment on it… if I want to give some money away, I’ll give to charity, not to the FA.’
Mourinho had no message for football’s law-makers but after his goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos was sent off for complaining, he couldn’t resist a dig at former club Manchester United – who won at Brighton thanks to a penalty awarded after the final whistle.
‘The only thing I know is that I’m more experienced than (Santos) and I left for the tunnel when the referee blew the whistle… I know that in some matches with some clubs, even after the last whistle it’s possible for something important to happen but with us I knew that after the last whistle the game was over.’
Referee Peter Bankes awarded the spot kick after VAR suggested he take a second look at the incident. Mourinho then stormed down the tunnel after Wilson scored and his opposite number shared his frustrations.
After consulting VAR, referee Peter Bankes awarded the Magpies a controversial penalty
Mourinho would not comment on a late controversial penalty given to the Magpies on Sunday
‘The whole VAR and handball in particular thing this year is a total nonsense. And maybe we can all get together and stop it because we’re ruining the spectacle. We’ve got away with one today, yes, but it could have quite easily been at our end,’ Bruce said.
‘I thought VAR was coming in for clear and obvious decisions. It’s ludicrous and it ruins, for me, the spectacle of what is the Premier League.
‘If we’re not careful, all we’re going to talk about is VAR and VAR decisions. And for me that’s not right. The whole thing of handball has been going on for 100 years maybe – if it’s a deliberate and obvious handball denying a goalscoring opportunity then yes. But I don’t even think Dier is looking at the ball… I should be delighted but I know it’ll bite me eventually and that’s wrong.’
Son Heung-min suffered a hamstring injury in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Sunday
Bruce defended the matchday officials, adding: ‘It’s the right decision in the laws but if it had gone against us I’d have been absolutely outraged… is it the same in Italy, Germany, Spain or is it just our country where we (apply) the letter of the law? We saw a ridiculous one yesterday with Everton’s winning goal and we’ve seen an equally ridiculous one today, if I’m being honest.’
His comments were echoed by Sky pundit Jamie Carragher, who branded the decision ‘an absolute disgrace’ and ‘an absolute joke’.
‘Whether it’s the Premier League, the FA, FIFA, (chairman of their referees’ committee Pierluigi) Collina, whoever’s involved in this – stop it, because you are ruining football for everybody.’
On Twitter, Gary Lineker added: ‘Ludicrous. Utterly ludicrous law exacerbated by VAR. Can we have our game back please?’