Tottenham Hotspur's Hojbjerg reacts to Josh Maja's goal ruled out for handball
Published: March 04, 2021
Tottenham Hotspur's Hojbjerg reacts to Josh Maja's goal ruled out for handball
Tottenham Hotspur were fortunate to come away from Fulham with three points on Thursday evening, with Josh Maja seeing what would have been his third Premier League goal ruled out for handball in the build-up.

In the 62nd minute, Maja fired a left-footed effort into the bottom corner thinking that he had equalised for the Cottagers, only for the goal to be chalked off after a VAR review.

Gabon international Mario Lemina was deemed to have played the ball with his hand as he set up the Super Eagles striker.

In their match report, Fulham felt hard done by by the decision, arguing that Lemina's arm was by his side.

Speaking shortly after the game, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg couldn't categorically state whether it was a penalty or not, claiming that he didn't see the incident that led to Maja's goal being disallowed.

In quotes carried by BBC Sport, Højbjerg said :  "I haven't seen it. I don't know. My own opinion is that this handball situation is a very difficult one.

"For the players and maybe the referees it is a very difficult one because some are high intensity and not on purpose but they get given.

"As players I think what we wish is some kind of consistency in the reviews with the handball situations but I haven't seen it so I can't say if it was on or not."

Maja has forced his way into Fulham's starting lineup, with five consecutive starts in the division, thanks to his brace against Everton on his full Premier League debut eighteen days ago.

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