There was a big drama yesterday in the City of Light at the match between PSG and Newcastle. At the end of a particularly tense evening, the French equalised at 1-1 thanks to a controversial penalty awarded by referee Simon Marciniak in the 96th minute. The penalty was whistled after a particularly borderline touch by Tino Limberto, the VAR referees summoned the central referee to the monitor, who pointed to the white dot, from where Mbappé managed to score without issue. This decision provoked emotional reactions from the team's coaches, but also on social media.
"To be honest I'm happy with the result," Newcastle manager Eddie Howe told TNT: "We were unlucky in the end. And I saw it again, I don't think it was a penalty. Honestly, even if the ball had hit the arm first, I still wouldn't have thought it was a penalty, but maybe it was right. But when he hits part of his body first and then his hands down, it's not a penalty. It shouldn't have ended our game." Paris coach Luis Enrique, on the other hand, is confident: "This is football, not basketball."
Those who took the decision hard were the three former English stars, Michael Owen, who said: "Never, even in a million years, is it worth a penalty. We're a long way from applying consistency to the rule of hand in football." Germaine Jans who joined: "What should Livramento do with his hands? Wrap them around his back? I'm angry." But Alan Shearer was the harshest of them all when he tweeted: "Do me a favor, it's so much shit."
Do me a fucking favour man. What a load of shit. #VAR
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) November 28, 2023
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
— Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) November 28, 2023
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