Paul Robinson called the new handball rule “one of the must ridiculous changes the game has seen” after a “ludicrous” decision cost Tottenham all three points against Newcastle United yesterday.
The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that “anyone that has played or has knowledge of the game knows what a ridiculous ruling it was”.
Callum Wilson scored a stoppage time penalty to equalise for the Magpies at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after a controversial handball decision was awarded by VAR.
An adjustment to the handball rule this season states that contact “below the bottom of the armpit” can be deemed as an offence – particularly by the defending side in their own box.
Robinson fears that the rule is “going to kill the game” with a number of high profile cases in the first three weeks of the 2020/21 campaign.
“Ludicrous,” he told Football Insider.
“Anyone that has played the game or anyone with any knowledge of the game knows what a ridiculous ruling that was. It just was not a handball in any sense of the word.
“Steve Bruce benefited from the decision and even he said what a ridiculous decision.
“This rule is going to kill the game. Players will be in the box trying to kick it off their opponents arm.
“I actually feel for the referees though because they are only doing what they have been told. It has come from the top. Their hands are tied.
“It is one of the most ridiculous rule changes the game has seen.”
Speaking after the match, Magpies boss Bruce said: “The handball has been around for a hundred years. If it is deliberate, no problem, but it has to be clear and obvious.
“We have lost the plot with it and it loses the spectacle of it.”
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