UEFA Statement Stirs Newcastle United Frustration Over PSG's Controversial Equaliser

UEFA Statement Stirs Newcastle United Frustration Over PSG's Controversial Equaliser

Isaac Darko
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Newcastle United were denied a famous UEFA Champions League win in Paris
  • Kylian Mbappe scored a late penalty to secure a 1-1 draw against the Magpies
  • Following a VAR review, it was determined that Tino Livramento handled the ball inside the area

Newcastle United endured a late setback in the Champions League group stage encounter against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.

Alexander Isak's early goal in the first half was nullified by a 98th-minute penalty from Kylian Mbappe, positioning PSG favourably to potentially surpass Newcastle for qualification to the last-16 with one match remaining.

The controversial penalty decision arose from Ousmane Dembele's cross deflecting off Tino Livramento's chest and subsequently striking his elbow.

Tino Livramento, Newcastle United, PSG
Tino Livramento was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area after a VAR review. Photo by Photo by Marc Atkins
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Following a VAR review, referee Szymon Marciniak examined the footage and subsequently directed to the penalty spot, per PSG Report.

Without hesitation, Mbappe adeptly converted the penalty, levelling the score at 1-1.

Adding insult to injury for Newcastle, the decision to grant PSG a penalty seems to contravene UEFA guidance outlined in April 2023.

UEFA statement on handball

A UEFA statement issued last season read: "In their guidelines for next season, the Board recommends that UEFA should clarify that no handball offence should be called on a player if the ball is previously deflected from his own body and, in particular, when the ball does not go toward the goal."

How can Newcastle qualify

The outcome necessitates Newcastle to secure a victory against AC Milan in their last group stage match at St James' Park to advance, contingent on PSG not winning against Borussia Dortmund next month.

PSG have maintained a consistent record of progressing from the Champions League group stages since the 2011-12 season, per Yahoo Sports.

Fans claim Newcastle got robbed

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Paris Saint-Germain needing a 98th-minute penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw against Newcastle in the UCL to keep their knockout hopes alive.

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 Magpie Alan Shearer described the referee's decision to award a late penalty to PSG as 'disgusting', with his club on the verge of being eliminated from their group.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)