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Watch: Controversial Handball Rule Sees Spurs Have Goal Ruled Out

Watch: Controversial Handball Rule Sees Spurs Have Goal Ruled Out

VAR is back!

The technology has come in got plenty of criticism this season and we had almost forgotten about it during the three-month hiatus.

We were given a swift reminder of the controversy that can be involved in the sport when Sheffield United had a perfectly good goal not given against Aston Villa despite the ball crossing the line, but they were on the other side of a decision this evening.

They took the lead in their fixture against Spurs after a fine finish from Sander Berge in the 32nd minute, with the January signing getting his first goal for the club.

Spurs thought they had immediately equalised, with Harry Kane squeezing the ball past Dean Henderson after a run from Lucas Moura.

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However, replays indicated that the ball struck Moura's arm after he was brought down by a Sheffield United player. Despite this being in no way intentional, the VAR official had no choice but to rule the goal out.

This decision comes after the introduction of a new rule last season, where any involvement of the arm or hand in the buildup to a goal would see the strike automatically ruled out.

It has been a controversial change, with many believing unintentional ricochets should not see goals disallowed. Spurs will certainly feel unlucky here.

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Gary Connaughton

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