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PSG's Controversial Stoppage Time Penalty Versus Newcastle Sparks Outrage
- A controversial VAR decision led to PSG receiving a late penalty against Newcastle
- Kylian Mbappe went on to dispatch the spot-kick to clinch a 1-1 draw
- Newcastle are in third place with their fate out of their hands
A late penalty was awarded to Paris Saint-Germain against Newcastle, following a contentious VAR decision.
In the 94th minute, with Newcastle holding a 1-0 lead, a cross from PSG's Ousmane Dembele made contact with Tino Livramento's chest before striking the full-back's lower arm inside the box.
The PSG players immediately surrounded referee Szymon Marciniak, insisting on a penalty.
After consulting with his VAR officials and reviewing the incident on the screen, the Polish referee ultimately awarded the penalty.
Kylian Mbappe proceeded to convert the penalty, salvaging a 1-1 draw from the brink of defeat.
After the match, an incensed Alan Shearer, ex-England and Newcastle captain, took to X, formerly Twitter, to express his thoughts on the contentious penalty call.
In his strongly-worded message, Shearer remarked:
"Do me a [explicit] favour man. What a load of [explicit]. #VAR"
Jeff Stelling replied:
"Officials ruining the game Al. Makes me feel like stopping watching .
Another Newcastle and England legend @themichaelowen said:
"Heartbreaking for @NUFC. Such a good performance. Never in a million years is that a penalty. We are further away from applying consistency to the handball rule than we’ve ever been. @ChampionsLeague."
Ex-Tottenham and England star Jermain Jenas told TNT Sports via ESPN:
"It's one of the most disgraceful decisions I've ever seen in a long time."
Eddie Howe rues penalty decision
Earlier, Sports Brief reported Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe hit out at the decision to award Paris Saint-Germain a last-gasp penalty that denied his team a Champions League win over the French club on Tuesday.
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The Premier League side were leading 1-0 at the Parc des Princes thanks to Alexander Isak's 25th-minute goal, until Polish referee Szymon Marciniak awarded PSG a penalty deep in injury time following a VAR check for a handball by Tino Livramento.
The award appeared harsh, and Kylian Mbappe converted the spot-kick to earn PSG a 1-1 draw that changes the outlook for both clubs going into the final round of matches in Group F.