UEFA Drops VAR Official from Champions League Fixture After Controversial Newcastle Handball Penalty

During an intense moment in the UEFA Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United FC, a significant development took place as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), responsible for reviewing penalty decisions, has been disqualified from officiating in his next match by UEFA. This incident unfolded in the final moments of stoppage time when a penalty was granted to PSG following a VAR assessment confirming that the ball had made contact with Tino Livramento’s arm. Referee Szymon Marciniak initially dismissed the penalty appeals, but VAR Tomasz Kwiatkowski urged him to reevaluate the incident using the pitchside monitor. Even though the ball bounced off Livramento’s chest and then touched his arm, the referee eventually awarded a penalty after reviewing the footage. Kylian Mbappe effectively scored the penalty in the 98th minute, resulting in Newcastle dropping from second to third place in Group F and endangering their chances of qualifying.

The choice to replace Kwiatkowski for his upcoming VAR assignment implies that UEFA does not agree with the penalty being given. Numerous experts and supporters have condemned the decision, with former player Ally McCoist describing it as a “shameful” action. Nevertheless, Newcastle was able to secure a draw in the game, which keeps them in the running for a place in the round of 16. At the moment, they occupy the third position with a total of five points, trailing PSG by a margin of two points. Borussia Dortmund, who currently lead the group, have already guaranteed their qualification and will face PSG in their last match. Newcastle’s hopes of advancing rely on a PSG loss or draw, which would significantly improve their chances.

The future of the Magpies now hangs on their forthcoming encounter with AC Milan, who are also on five points. If Newcastle were to win, it would give them an advantageous position because their superior record against Milan in previous matches would secure their advancement even if PSG were to win or draw. On the other hand, if they were to draw, they would move down to the Europa League based on goal difference, and if they were to lose, they would be completely eliminated from European competition.

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