Early Doors

Worse than Maradona? – Unbelievable handball from Newcastle starlet

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English supporters will never forget the day that they felt cheated by Diego Maradona at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, but this was arguably worse.

It may have been at a slightly inferior level to Maradona's high-profile 'Hand of God', but when a starlet of an English team does something like this it makes headlines.

Chelsea's U18 side were understandably up in arms as Newcastle's Olivier Kemen slapped the ball in with his hand in their FA Youth Cup tie on Tuesday evening.

Although the London outfit went on to win 3-2 at St James's Park to set up a semi-final against Arsenal in the prestigious youth competition, it was this dubious goal that was the talking point.

Greg Olly floated over a devilish delivery into the box before Kemen very obviously punched the ball past Chelsea keeper Mitchell Beeney.

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Perhaps most comically, this was how Newcastle's official report of the match saw the incident:

"After superb skill from Rolando Aarons won Newcastle a free kick in a dangerous position, Olley floated over a perfect delivery for Olivier Kemen to glance beyond Mitchell Beeney in the 28th minute.

"There was a suggestion of handball but referee James Adcock spotted no infringement."

Yes, really. "A suggestion of handball" - now that really is a joke. A funny one at that.

What was most impressive was that the Chelsea players managed to keep their heads and go on to win the game.

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