During the UEFA Champions League match on November 28, 2023, there was a controversy involving Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain and referee Szymon Marciniak at Parc des Princes. The decision to award a penalty in the final moments of the game has caused anger and disapproval from both experts and supporters. Ally McCoist, a former football player who now provides analysis, also expressed his astonishment at the penalty given to Paris Saint-Germain. The Magpies had taken the lead in the first half with a goal from Alexander Isak, putting them in a position for a remarkable win. However, PSG managed to salvage a 1-1 draw in Group E with a controversial penalty kick converted by Kylian Mbappe.
Jermaine Jenas expressed his anger, describing the decision as one of the most shameful in recent memory, and McCoist shared the same sentiments. Speaking on TNT Sports, McCoist emphasized that the ball had struck the player’s chest first and then hit his left elbow, making it clear that it should never have been considered a penalty. McCoist concluded by stating that if such incidents were being awarded penalties in the most prestigious club competition in the world, it was a disgrace. McCoist underlined the significance of the decision’s influence on the final result of the game, expressing, “Regrettably, the entire evening will be associated with that verdict. I imply, if Newcastle had suffered a 3-0 defeat and the penalty had been the final blow, we wouldn’t be discussing it extensively, but merely acknowledging it as a terrible judgment and progressing forward. However, it has undoubtedly impacted the overall outcome of Newcastle’s..”
Despite feeling let down, McCoist commended Newcastle United’s display, particularly their defensive prowess. He praised Eddie Howe’s team for their dedication and determination, expressing that he found their defensive performance to be flawless. Although their goalkeeper made some outstanding saves, it is necessary to have such a strong presence when playing in challenging venues like this.
The outcome of the game carries important consequences for Newcastle United. If they had managed to win all three points, they would have surpassed PSG and taken second place in the group, having control over their own destiny in the upcoming final matches. Nevertheless, their current position is now in third position with a total of five points, requiring a win against AC Milan along with a positive outcome in the Borussia Dortmund vs. PSG match to advance.
This occurrence contributes to the increasing examination surrounding VAR and its implementation in football. McCoist advocated for alterations in the penalty regulations, proposing the reintroduction of the term “deliberate” to bring about clarity. He highlighted the severe consequences such judgments have on fans.
To summarize, the disputed penalty verdict has tarnished what had the potential to be a remarkable night for Newcastle United.