Andy Carroll has posted a sympathetic message to Tottenham on his Instagram account.

He wrote: ‘Pencil Jumps Only Is The New Rule For Any Aerial Challenges. I Feel Your Pain!!’

Our pony-tailed striker was involved in the late, controversial incident which saw the ball strike Eric Dier’s arm in the dying stages of our 1-1 draw against Tottenham on Sunday.

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Carroll headed the ball down onto Dier’s arm, and a penalty was awarded despite the fact that Tottenham’s No.15 wasn’t even facing the ball and was merely jumping to contest the header.

Despite being the beneficiary of such a decision, Steve Bruce expressed resentment at the new rule in his post-match interview.


The BBC quote Bruce as saying: ‘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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This, in addition to Carroll’s Instagram post, further reinforces the fact that most involved do not like the new rule, whether they’re benefitting from it or not.

Let’s be honest, it has to go.

Sooner or later, we’re going to be on the receiving end of the new handball law ourselves, and for the greater good of the Premier League, it must be stamped out as soon as possible.

At the very least in times like these, it’s good to see Carroll and Bruce showing some compassion and respect for Tottenham, who were hard done by against us in all honesty.

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