NEWSPAPER – The media and former English players cannot digest the late equalizer conceded by the Magpies on the lawn of the Parc des Princes on Tuesday evening (1-1).
The Magpies did not take off. Tuesday evening at the Parc des Princes, Newcastle believed they had a victory as prestigious as it was important against PSG (1-1), ultimately saved by a twist of fate in the 96th minute. On a point-blank cross from Ousmane Dembélé in the penalty area, the ball bounced off the stomach and then the arm of English defender Tino Livramento. Called by the video referee, the Polish referee Szymon Marciniak designated the penalty point, allowing Kylian Mbappé to equalize at the last minute at 1-1 for Paris.
“Do me a f***ing favor. What bullshit ! #VAR»quickly reacted on X (formerly Twitter) Alan Shearer, legend of Newcastle, before adding: “A superb away performance from all the players. It should not be ruined by a disgusting decision.
“The Toons stolen from Paris” castigated the Daily Mail on the home page of its website. “Should a player really be penalized when a ball bounces off his own body and goes up his arm?”asked the English daily in the report of the meeting, following in the footsteps of England coach Eddie Howe who cried “injustice” about the penalty awarded to PSG. Questioned by the media, former international referee Mark Clattenburg was very clear: “Newcastle has every right to feel robbed. This penalty goes against all UEFA guidelines and Newcastle have paid the price.”
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The harsh English press with PSG and Dembélé
Raised against the arbitration, the Daily Mail did not forget to salute the performance of the Magpies who will have experienced a “night to grow” facing a Parisian team, criticized or even mocked. “The more we see them play, the more we wonder if they will ever be more than bullies in their own domestic league”can we read about training led by Luis Enrique. Directly involved in the controversial action, Dembélé found himself in the sights of British journalists, he who “tends to go from the best player in the world to the worst at least twelve times in a match.”
Of the same opinion as the Daily Mail on the course of events, the rest of the English press also uses strong words. The tabloid The Sun evokes the end of the match “as sickening as possible” while Sky Sports believes that Newcastle has “the right to feel wronged”. The British media, more measured in the protest, prefers to emphasize the courage and intensity displayed by the Toons, still alive to qualify for the round of 16 before hosting AC Milan on the last day.
Despite the “difficult evening”Bruno Guimarães and his teammates return to St James’ Park with mixed feelings between “pride” And “frustration”. A disappointment born from the hope of a crucial success which held out its arms until the contentious situation in the 96th minute. “How can PSG benefit from a penalty on this? It’s ridiculous” declared former striker Gary Lineker on the BBC channel, summarizing the feeling of injustice which permeates all of England this Wednesday morning.