Well, well, well. The age-old handball debate was raised as Tottenham Hotspur were awarded a late penalty during their 2-2 draw with Leicester City on Sunday and the controversial issue has reared its ugly head once again this evening.
With just eight minutes on the clock during Newcastle United’s Premier League clash with Manchester United at St. James’ Park, referee Mike Dean felt compelled to blow his whistle and award a penalty for a controversial handball.
Magpies defender Chancel Mbemba rose in the box with Marouane Fellaini at a corner, only for the ball to strike his upper arm that was admittedly, in a slightly unnatural position as he looked to keep one hand on the Belgian lankster.
Red Devils skipper Wayne Rooney swiftly converted from the spot to give United a one-nil lead but, understandably, not everybody is too happy about the decision – unleashing Twitter into a frenzy of debate over what should and what shouldn’t constitute handball. Here are some of the best reactions from social media:
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) January 12, 2016
It's time they changed the handball law. Make it that every time it strikes a hand/arm it's a free kick/penalty regardless of intent.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 12, 2016
Mike Dean gives a penalty that nobody appealed for…very harsh handball decision
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) January 12, 2016
This nonsense about deliberate or accidental handball needs sorting..if it's handball it's a penalty simple.. #NUFCMUFC
— StephenCOYS (@stephenpay444) January 12, 2016
I think it's a penalty. Just like the Tottenham one in the FA Cup the other day. Handball.
— Abdullah Moallim (@El_Abdullah88) January 12, 2016
Mbemba penalty highlights problem with 'deliberate handball.' Jumps with arm up & isn't looking – not 'deliberate' but certainly careless.
— Tom Doyle (@TomJDoyle) January 12, 2016
Still waiting for the day when a team like Newcastle get a penalty for handball at old Trafford. "It was a tough call" though #NUFCvMUFC
— John drennan (@Johndrennan6780) January 12, 2016