Szymon Marciniak (foto: Getty Images)
In a dramatic UEFA Champions League game at Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain's late penalty against Newcastle United stirred controversy and resulted in disciplinary action against a referee.
The contentious decision, which significantly impacted the match's outcome, has ignited debates across the football community.
The contentious moment occurred in the fifth minute of added time when Tino Livramento of Newcastle United blocked a cross from Ousmane Dembele, with the ball first hitting his body before deflecting onto his arm. Initially, referee Szymon Marciniak did not award a penalty. However, after intervention from the VAR room and reviewing the slow-motion footage, he pointed to the spot, much to the astonishment of the Newcastle camp.
Newcastle United's manager, Eddie Howe, expressed his frustration, arguing that the decision was incorrect considering the speed of play and the natural position of the arm. The players shared his sentiment, especially 21-year-old defender Tino Livramento, directly involved in the incident. Following this, Tomasz Kwiatkowski, who was in the VAR room during the match, has been removed from his duties for a subsequent Champions League game, as reported by PA Media.