Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho was left fuming after a late VAR decision ensured that Sunday's Premier League encounter with Newcastle ended in a 1-1 draw. The Portuguese manager vacated his position on the touchline after a questionable call by the referee gifted the Magpies a 95th-minute penalty for a handball by Eric Dier.
It looked certain that Spurs were on their way to seal the maximum three points thanks to Lucas Moura's opener in the 25th minute. Having successfully prevented Newcastle from posing any threats in their half, the hosts bombarded the visitors with a series of attacks but to no avail. However, the game's defining moment arrived right at the death.
It all began after Jonjo Shelvey's freekick found Andy Carroll in Spur's penalty box. The striker jumped the highest to redirect the ball at goal with his head but saw it hit the right forearm of Eric Dier. Despite the fact that the latter had his arm in its natural position after leaping to defend the cross, the VAR check ruled it as an offense and was subsequently endorsed by the referee after his review on the pitchside monitor.
The decision resulted in a visibly infuriated Jose Mourinho storming off to the dressing room before Callum Wilson converted the spot-kick to tie the game. Tottenham's goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos was subsequently sent off after the final whistle for confronting the match referee. Watch the incident below:
VAR in the spotlight once again— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) September 27, 2020
Here is the contentious moment in which Spurs conceded a penalty against Newcastle in stoppage time, with Eric Dier deemed to have handled the ball.
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In his post-match remarks, Mourinho refrained from commenting on the dramatic turn of events as he risked attracting punishment from the English Football Association. He said: "I don't think [about the handball and VAR ruling] ... I think about my team's performance, very good; a really good team performance.
"First half, amazing. It should be 3-0, 4-0 easy but [Karl] Darlow was fantastic. We hit the post and they managed to survive.
"I'm not going to comment on it [the handball]. I don't want to speak about it. If I want to give some money away I will give it to charities, I don't want to give it to the FA so I prefer not to comment.
"At half-time Bruce was super happy with the result at 1-0. He knows football. He knew that at half-time it could be three of four-nil and they got their point."
"I prefer to give my money to charities than to give my money to The FA"— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) September 27, 2020
Mourinho refuses to talk about the handball rulings that cost @SpursOfficial a win over @NUFC!#beINPL #PL #TOTNEW HD11 pic.twitter.com/j9ia4SgnpA
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce also called the handball rule "nonsense" despite his side benefiting from it.