VAR Tomasz Kwiatkowski has been relieved of duty for Wednesday’s Champions League encounter. It comes after PSG received a contentious added-time penalty against Newcastle United on Tuesday.
Toon appeared to be on pace to do the double against Kylian Mbappe’s side as they led 1-0 with seconds to go in Paris. But tragedy came in the 98th minute with a point-blank shot on Tino Livramento. The ball struck his chest before bouncing off his arm.
PSG players went insane after referee Szymon Marciniak declined to give a penalty kick. VAR referee Tomasz Kwiatkowski, on the other hand, asked Marciniak to review the event on the pitch-side monitor.
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Despite the fact that replays showed Livramento had no knowledge of the handball, Marciniak reversed the ruling. Mbappe subsequently converted a penalty to secure a 1-1 tie. As a result, Newcastle’s chances of progressing to the next round are out of their hands.
The entire football world slammed VAR’s judgement, with many labelling it a “robbery.” Now according to The Sun, Kwiatkowski is beginning to experience the consequences of his actions. He will not be on VAR duty for Real Sociedad’s Champions League match against RB Salzburg tonight.
The decision will no doubt comply with Newcastle manager Eddie Howe, who was left disappointed following the final whistle yesterday.
“Yes, I do (have a sense of injustice). It wasn’t the right decision in my opinion. There are so many things to take into account at that moment, the speed first. It was a ricochet that when it is slowed down looks completely different to the live event.” Howe said.
“The ball hits his chest first, comes up and hits his hand. But his hand is not in an unnatural position, it is down by his side but he is in a running motion. I feel it is a poor decision and it’s hugely frustrating for us.” he concluded.