VAR involved in Newcastle controversy at PSG receives immediate punishment

The VAR official involved in the decision to award Paris St Germain a controversial last-gasp penalty to salvage a Champions League draw against Newcastle has been stood down from duty on Wednesday night.

Thomas Kwiatkowski will not be among the officials chosen to oversee Real Sociedad’s match against Red Bull Salzburg at the Anoeta Stadium.

Newcastle were on the verge of a memorable triumph at the Parc des Princes until a controversial handball judgment against Tino Livramento allowed Kylian Mbappe to steal a point.


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When asked if he felt unfairness, Magpies manager Eddie Howe answered, “Yes, I do.” In my perspective, it was not the best decision.

“There are so many things to take into account at that moment, the speed first. It was a ricochet that when it is slowed down, looks completely different to the live event.

“The ball hits his chest first, comes up and hits his hand. But his hand is not in an unnatural position, they (his hands) are down by his side, but he is in a running motion.

“I feel it is a poor decision and it’s hugely frustrating for us as you know how little time there is left in the game. There is nothing we can do about it now.”

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