Jose Mourinho tries to hide handball anger to avoid FA fine in tense interview

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho managed to hide his anger at the controversial decision to award Newcastle a penalty in the final minute of their Premier League clash.

Spurs appeared to be heading towards an incredibly comfortable 1-0 win over Steve Bruce’s side thanks to Lucas Moura’s first half strike.

However, in the 94th minute the ball inadvertently struck Eric Dier’s outstretched arm, with VAR ruling it a handball under the new rules.

Mourinho was clearly seething as Callum Wilson converted the resulting spot kick, and stormed down the tunnel before the full time whistle.

And the Portuguese showed impressive restraint not to criticise the decision in his post-match interview.

“I don’t think (about the handball),” he said. “I think about my team performance. A really, really good team performance.

“First half, amazing, it should be three of four nil easy.

“But Darlow was fantastic and we hit the post and they managed to survive.

“In the second goal we kept the control, we kept them away from our box.

“We know the danger of the box. Every box is an 18 yard box but there are boxes and boxes and we know that the Tottenham box is a special box.

“So we managed to keep them always away and then we had a situation that we lost two points. But I’m not going to comment on it.”

When pressed on the incident, Mourinho added: “I react during the game but the game is finished and I don’t want to speak about it.

“If I want to give some money away I give to charities, I don’t want to give to the FA. So I don’t want to comment.”

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