UEFA statement advises whether PSG penalty v Newcastle United was the correct decision

Newcastle United were denied a famous UEFA Champions League win in Paris after Kylian Mbappe's controversial penalty.
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It's the morning after the night before and you can forgive Newcastle United for still wondering how they didn't win in Paris.

The Magpies were moments away from claiming a historic Champions League victory against Paris Saint-Germain having led through Alexander Isak's 24th minute opener.

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But disaster struck in the sixth minute of stoppage time when PSG were awarded a controversial penalty after Tino Livramento was penalised for handling Ousmane Dembele's cross.

Referee Szymon Marciniak initially waved play but was instructed to review the incident at the VAR monitor. The Polish official then quickly pointed to the spot, despite the replays showing the ball had hit Livramento's chest before striking his elbow.

Kylian Mbappe kept his cool to make it 1-1.

United boss Eddie Howe felt a sense of injustice at the decision, and a statement from a UEFA board meeting in April 2023 will no doubt add salt to the wounds.

A statement read: "In their guidelines for next season, the Board recommends that UEFA should clarify that no handball offence should be called on a player if the ball is previously deflected from his own body and, in particular, when the ball does not go toward the goal."

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The meeting was attended by Eric Abidal, Rafael Benítez, Fabio Capello, Petr Cech, Luís Figo, Robbie Keane, Jurgen Klinsmann, Ronald Koeman, Philipp Lahm, Michael Laudrup, Paolo Maldini, Roberto Martínez, Juan Mata, Predrag Mijatovic, Gareth Southgate, Patrick Vieira, Rudi Voller, Javier Zanetti and Zinedine Zidane.

Mbappe's late goal means Newcastle's hopes of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League are no longer in their own hands.

Howe's men must now better PSG result during the final round of Group F fixtures, with United at home to AC Milan and PSG making the visit to Borussia Dortmund next month.

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