Steve Bruce questions handball rule despite earning a draw at Spurs
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Steve Bruce questions handball rule despite earning a draw at Spurs

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has poked holes in the new handball rule after his side were awarded one in their draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

Bruce believes the Premier League has 'lost the plot' with the rule with six penalties already awarded for handball compared to 19 in the entirety of the last campaign.

"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.

"Maybe we can do something about it, we seem to have these phases where we take everything literally in the Premier League and maybe we have to say no to it," Bruce said after the game.

The Premier League had instructed the referees to punish players if their arm hits the ball when it is not next to their body with Bruce being a beneficiary when they were handed an injury-time penalty against Eric Dier on Sunday.

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