Assistant gets a forced break
UEFA reacts drastically to questionable PSG penalty
November 29, 2023, 9:20 p.m
Mbappé scores, UEFA reacts: The controversial penalty in the game between PSG and Newcastle United has drastic consequences. The responsible video assistant, Tomasz Kwiatkowski, is suspended for one game by UEFA. Newcastle legend Alan Shearer rages.
After the controversial penalty decision in injury time of the Champions League game between Paris St. Germain and Newcastle United (1-1), the responsible video assistant Tomasz Kwiatkowski was suspended for one game by UEFA. The Pole was also supposed to assist on Wednesday in the Group D game between Real Sociedad and RB Salzburg (9 p.m. / DAZN and in the live ticker on ntv.de), but will not be used there now.
In the game in Paris, referee Szymon Marciniak from Poland initially did not give a penalty after an alleged handball by Newcastle’s Valentino Livramento, but was then asked to go to the sideline by Kwiatkowski to look at the pictures. The referee then decided differently and superstar Kylian Mbappe (90+8) used the following penalty to make the final score 1-1.
Marciniak is considered one of the best referees in the world; the Pole also refereed the World Cup final in Qatar. He would probably have been more correct with his original decision: “For me, continuing to play would have been the better decision, because the player gets the ball in his hand, but makes a natural movement,” said the teacher of the top German referees, Lutz Wagner.
The video assistant had switched on, although Livramento had received a cross from former Dortmund player Ousmane Dembélé from very close range, first hitting his upper body and then bouncing off his arm. After the game, Newcastle coach Eddie Howe described the whistle, which probably cost group rivals Borussia Dortmund their early group victory, as a “bad decision”. England’s former international striker Alan Shearer found clearer words: “Do me a damn favor and stop it. This is a load of shit,” commented the former Newcastle United striker.