Tottenham coach handed fine and ban after VAR penalty protest

Tottenham coach handed fine and ban after VAR penalty protest

Tottenham’s Nuno Santos has been hit with a one-match ban and an £8,000 fine for confronting referee Peter Bankes in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Newcastle.

Spurs goalkeeping coach Santos was sent off for his overzealous protests following Newcastle’s controversial penalty equaliser at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Portuguese coach accepted the charge of using abusive or insulting language towards a match official, the Football Association has confirmed.

A Video Assistant Referee (VAR) intervention awarded Newcastle a last-gasp penalty in north London on Sunday, owing to a heavily-questioned handball decision against Eric Dier.

Spurs had been heading for victory thanks to Lucas Moura’s first Premier League goal since December, but Callum Wilson buried the spot-kick to level the game.

Santos was among a clutch of players to vociferously protest the decision, that proved just the latest in a spate of controversial handball calls following the recent rule changes.



“Tottenham Hotspur FC’s goalkeeper coach, Nuno Santos, has been suspended from the touchline for one match and fined £8,000 after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 and accepting a standard penalty,” read an FA statement.

“At full time of the Premier League fixture against Newcastle United FC on Sunday he used abusive and/or insulting language towards a match official on the field of play and/or his behaviour amounted to improper conduct. “

Bruce: Decision went our way

It came the same weekend that Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson described the new handball laws as “nonsense”, and even though Toon boss Steve Bruce benefitted this time, he too admitted that the rules are problematic.

“I can understand why Spurs will go beserk and Roy Hodgson reacted like he did,” he told Sky Sports. “It is a total nonsense, we should be jumping through hoops but I would be devastated if that was us.

“Maybe Roy is right, maybe we all need to get together. The decisions are ruining the spectacle. We have to get together as managers and say this must stop.

“If our goalkeeper didn’t play as well first half they would have been out of sight. Second half we were better and posed a bit of a threat. Our goalkeeper has got us a point and a decision that went our way.”

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