“Newcastle Robbed”: Fans Explode As Referee Award PSG Late Penalty in UCL Draw

“Newcastle Robbed”: Fans Explode As Referee Award PSG Late Penalty in UCL Draw

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Paris Saint-Germain’s last-gasp penalty against Newcastle has sparked outrage online
  • The Parisians salvaged a 1-1 draw against Newcastle in the Champions League
  • Newcastle faces early elimination from the Champions League after the draw

Paris Saint-Germain needed a 98th minute penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw against a resilient Newcastle United in the UEFA Champions League to keep their knockout hopes alive.

Kylian Mbappe converted from the spot deep into additional time to rescue a point for the Parisians, who were on the verge of losing back-to-back games against the Magpies in the UCL group stage.

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Newcastle United players protesting against the penalty decision awarded by center referee Szymon Marciniak during their clash against PSG. Photo by Jean Catuffe
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Alexander Isak had given Newcastle the lead against the run of play in the 25th minute after pouncing on a loose ball spilt by PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to tap in from close range, Sportskeeda reports.

The English club held on for much of the game and were on course to earn a historic victory at the Parc des Princes until centre referee Szymon Marciniak from Poland awarded a late penalty to PSG for handball.

The ball had ricocheted off the arm of defender Tino Livramento, with the referee pointing to the penalty spot after a VAR check, a decision that has since sparked outrage on social media.

Pundits accuse PSG of cheating

Meanwhile, angry fans, journalists and former Newcastle United players took to social media immediately after the game to slam PSG and the centre referee for the late penalty decision.

Former Newcastle player Alan Shearer described the referee's decision to award a late penalty to PSG as “disgusting” as his club are now on the verge of being eliminated from the group.

Tim Sherwood, a former Tottenham manager, also reacted angrily to the penalty decision, which he claimed was ridiculous and should not have been awarded.

Jamie Ohara also slammed the centre referee for the late penalty, which he says was not the right call from the official from Poland.

Newcastle’s faith in reaching the Champions League’s knockout stage no longer lies in their hands as they lie third on the table with five points, two points behind PSG, who are second with just one game to go.

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.

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.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..