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VAR official from PSG’s draw with Newcastle stood down

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Champions League - Group F - Paris St Germain v Newcastle United - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - November 28, 2023 Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe scores their first goal from the penalty spot past Newcastle United's Nick Pope REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/ File photo Acquire Licensing Right

VAR official Tomasz Kwiatkowski, who recommended a controversial penalty check during Paris St Germain’s Champions League draw against Newcastle United, will not be part of the officiating team for Wednesday’s game between Real Sociedad and Salzburg.

During Tuesday’s 1-1 draw, PSG’s players called for handball when the ball bounced off Newcastle defender Tino Livramento’s chest and against his elbow with referee Szymon Marciniak then invited to check the pitchside monitor by the VAR.

Marciniak, who had turned down a more likely penalty earlier, pointed to the spot and Kylian Mbappe scored in the eighth minute of stoppage time to secure a draw for PSG.

Kwiatkowski will be replaced by Marco Fritz.

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe slammed the decision to award the penalty, saying Livramento’s hand was not in an unnatural position.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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