PSG’S controversial penalty had the footballing world up in arms with Newcastle “ROBBED” of a win.
Eddie Howe’s travelling side led for much of the game thanks to Alexander Isak’s 24th minute opener.
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Ousmane Dembele’s flick bounced off Tino Livramento’s chest and onto his elbow
The penalty was awarded after a VAR check
They looked on course for a famous win in the French capital, which would have put them second in their Champions League group stage.
But there was late drama in Paris when Ousmane Dembele’s flick bounced off Tino Livramento’s chest and onto his elbow.
Astonishingly, after a VAR check a penalty was awarded which allowed Kylian Mbappe to equalise.
It leaves Newcastle in third and needing victory when AC Milan come to St James Park next month to progress to the knockout stages.
But legends of the game were left disgusted by the decision and none more so then Newcastle icon Alan Shearer.
He posted: “Do me a f*****g favour man. What a load of s***.
“A superb battling away performance from every single player. Shouldn’t be spoilt by a disgusting decision. Well done.”
Shearer’s former strike partner Michael Owen added: “Heartbreaking for @NUFC. Such a good performance.
“Never in a million years is that a penalty. We are further away from applying consistency to the handball rule than we’ve ever been.”
Somehow, Newcastle manager Howe remained level-headed when probed by TNT’s Laura Woods post match.
He said: “I’m still coming to terms with it. I feel really flat but at the same time really pleased with what the players gave today.
“Their commitment, execution. We rode our luck. We ran out of luck at the end. I didn’t think it was a penalty.
“What you don’t take into account with those replays is how quick the ball goes. It hits his chest first.
“If it hits his hands first, well it’s still not a penalty because he’s so close. But you can make more of a case.
If we’re giving penalty kicks for that in the biggest club competition on the planet, it’s a disgrace.
“It’s not a penalty when it hits his chest first and then hits his hand which is low.
“I’m not allowed to sum it up. I can’t say my inner thoughts obviously…
“I thought the referee was having a good game up until this moment. He had been strong.”
Pitch-side pundits Ally Mccoist and Jermaine Jenas were far less diplomatic as they fumed over the decision.
Commentator Mccoist said: “That is absolutely never a penalty.
“If we’re giving penalty kicks for that in the biggest club competition on the planet, it’s a disgrace.”
Ex-Newcastle midfielder Jenas added: “What is Livramento meant to do with his arms? Wrap them round his back? I’m fuming.
“The players threw everything at it and it should have been one of those historic wins. Newcastle have been robbed.”
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