Demba Ba’s Accidental Hand Ball – What Can I Say?

Once you have watched the video of Demba Ba scoring Newcastle’s second goal yesterday about 20 times, you come away knowing that he put the ball in the net with his right hand, although it does look as though it’s accidental, and therefore technically it is not a foul – but try telling that to any Reading fan.

Demba Ba telling Newcastle fans it hit his hand – but it was accidental

When Ba had scored Newcastle’s second equalizer, and had rushed to the Newcastle fans behind the goal, he had pointed to his right hand and kind of shrugged, and that was only seconds after he had scored, so an alert linesman or referee could have called the goal back, but again the officials missed it – don’t accuse them of being alert.

And that kind of call will not be caught or corrected by any new goal line technology that will be introduced soon by the Premier League.

Ba had scored a phenomenal first goal, just a minute after Jimmy Kebe had opened the scoring for Reading, when he hit a Cheick Tiote through ball on the volley, and the ball flew into the back of the net for an astonishing equalizer from the Senegal striker.

And after 62 minutes Noel Hunt had restored Reading’s lead, with both goals being scored in the five minutes after Steven Taylor had been forced to leave the field injured, and James Perch had been drafted into the middle of the defense, with James Tavernier making his Premier League debut at right back.

After the game this is what Demba Ba told Sky Sports about the second goal:

“What can I say? I just did not want to do it on purpose it was just unfortunate.” “Fergie just crossed the ball and I just wanted to hit it with my head. Unfortunately, it touched my hand and went in.” “I would say it is unfortunate for Reading but it is still a point for us.”

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew initially though that he had headed the ball in with his head, but later conceded it was his right hand, as he told Sky Sports:

“I think Demba just got a touch with his head and then it has hit his arm.” “Unfortunately the defender and the goalkeeper have got no chance.” “But if you put a quality ball in like that, you are going to get a reward. It was a bit fortunate but we will take that.”

Newcastle are currently 9th in the league table with 9 points from their first six games, and it seems like the promoted clubs Reading and Southampton are both now in the bottom four, with only West Ham having made a decent start to the season of the three teams that were promoted in May.

The two teams promoted the year before – Norwich City and QPR – are the other two sides in the bottom four at the moment.

Newcastle entertain Bordeaux at St. James’ Park on Thursday night in the Europa League and then travel back to Old Trafford next Sunday, where Tottenham got their first win at the ground since 1989,  when they beat the Red Devils 3-2.

Newcastle haven’t won at Old Trafford since 1972, and perhaps next Sunday is the time to do that. 😀

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12 comments so far

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    we need all the luck we can get at the moment

  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Was there yesterday and it didn’t seem anyone noticed at the time. I didn’t even know it was handball till about 8 o’clock last night.

  • Graeme

    Sep 30, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    We need a “Team” who actually play like one!!

    Its the same group who ended last season on a high, yet at times you would think some of them met for the very first time 30 minutes before kick-off!!

  • bills-son

    Sep 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    I hope Pards reflects on his own words “if you put a quality ball in” and plays Ferguson from the start. We are desperate for exactly that, quality balls in from the flanks because for certain Ba and Cisse will get on the end of them. We have no penetration at all on the wings because HBA does his best stuff coming inside and Guti and Santon rarely deliver a good final ball.

    Having a good crosser like Fergie also makes Shola an even more dangerous super sub. Big decision looming for Pards, Guti might play his heart out but its quality balls into the box that we need. Fergie has proved he’s the man to do it.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    From previous thread.

    Bill-son As well as building a proper defensive wall, and we must sign players to do that properly, we definitely do need more creativity going forward. Cabs is great on his day, and Benny is magic but we need more cover here. Guthrie could also do the biz but we need someone a step up from him qualitiavely. So as we ain’t going to sign any/many players we may well need to develop someone on the books into the role. Ferguson is looking good but more of a flanking player… Abeid seems to have some kind of attitude problem (rumoured)… so what do we do to improve creativity from midfield ?

  • estechco

    Sep 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed, Man U games is at home next Sun!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    I put it down to a typo yesterday when you mentioned going to Old Trafford next Sunday but I see you’ve mentioned it again,the Man U game next week is at St James park.

  • vuckic

    Sep 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed we are at home against .Man Utd get yo facts straight.on friday I was accused by a knobhead for’overating’ Shane Ferguson but fact is he is a much better crosser of the ball than jonas

  • bills-son

    Sep 30, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Mags, I think we can get a more creative team by changing to 451 or 3511. We need to get Cabs further forward and HBA into the middle which is why I favour 3511 –

    STaylor Colo Perch
    Anita Tiote Cabaye Guti Santon/Fergy

    Anita and Santon/Fergy are good at getting forward but can also defend allowing Cabaye to play higher up where he can play off HBA and Ba. I’ve banged on about this before but until Pards decides Ba and Cisse dont go together its not going to happen. If we play 442 we’ve got to play wide men who can cross hence me saying earlier that Fergy has to replace Guti.


    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10


    It says a lot about the standard of Match officials in this country when someone can put a ball in the net with his hand (accidental or not)! The goal counted! When it should of been disallowed! Reading were robbed!

    Manure will probably hammer us anyway next week! It won,t matter if its home or away! They are a much better side than us at the moment! To beat them we need to have all our First team on the Park and not injured, like now!


    I fear the worst come January,s transfer window ! BA may be leaving us for 7Mil and there is nothing; apart from a new improved contract, that will stop him!
    Ashley will not bite the bullet and give him what he wants. Which may or may not be a good thing as no one player should be allowed to hold the Club to ransom! His agent and family are more than likely going to try and screw the Club for as much as they can get!

    End of rant!
    Even if the lad starts scoring hatricks in every game!

  • davis_toons

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Yes, we are playing mu at home, I thought was away as well. Ok, sorted.

    Obtan & Simpson maybe able to do their part. They usually play well

  • tooninspain

    Sep 30, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #12

    NewExpatMagpie…..please stop shouting, and try using full-stops instead of exclamation marks. We’re not all deaf.


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