forgotten penalty, inconsistent decisions… Why the referee, Mr. Marciniak, was wrong

Complicated evening for Mr. Marciniak (right) Tuesday, at the Parc des Princes. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

DECRYPTION – PSG should have benefited from a penalty on Tuesday, against the Magpies (1-1), in Paris, in the Champions League, but… not the one that was whistled.

«This is not the right decision“. Eddie Howe was not really delighted after PSG-Newcastle (1-1). The Magpies coach was especially annoyed by this penalty converted by Kylian Mbappé in the 97th. Penalty which punished a hand fault from defender Tino Livramento, who unintentionally deflected a cross from Ousmane Dembélé into the area.

Howe is all the more smug as this goal changes everything for both teams. Thanks to the point from the draw, PSG keeps its destiny in its hands before the last day, which is no longer the case for Newcastle. A decision that is very expensive, therefore. Shouting at “l’injustice», the Toons coach had seen the blow coming when Szymon Marciniak walked towards the monitor, as he told at a press conference. “It wasn’t the first time in the match. There was a fear that out of numbers, it would go against us at one point. While each decision must be made independently of others. When he went to see the pictures, you fear…

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