A video assessment official has been faraway from his Champions League sport on Wednesday, sooner or later after having a key function in a disputed determination to award Paris Saint-Germain a stoppage-time penalty for handball towards Newcastle which contradicted Uefa’s personal recommendation to referees.
The VAR specialist from Poland, Tomasz Kwiatkowski, is not listed to work on the Real Sociedad-Salzburg sport and has been changed by a German match official.
In Paris on Tuesday, Kylian Mbappe scored within the eighth minute of stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw after a ball struck Newcastle defender Tino Livramento within the chest after which deflected off his arm, and a penalty was awarded by Polish referee Szymon Marciniak following a VAR assessment.
Marciniak refereed the Champions League ultimate final season and the 2022 World Cup ultimate with Kwiatkowski in his group. Marciniak initially allowed play to proceed Tuesday however awarded the penalty after he was suggested by his video assistant to assessment the incident on the pitchside monitor.
However, a Uefa panel of storied coaches and former gamers stated in April that “no handball offense 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 towards the goal.”
The recommendation to be given to match officers this season was detailed by the panel, chaired by Uefa Chief of Football Zvonimir Boban, in an April 25 assertion headlined “Uefa Football Board urges more clarity on handball rule.”
“The handball rule, for example, will always be disputed, but we can make it more consistent and aligned with the game’s true nature,” Boban, the previous Croatia and AC Milan nice, stated in April. Uefa declined to remark, in step with a coverage to not talk about area of play choices.
The present legal guidelines of the sport enable for handballs to be penalized even when the contact was not intentional and after a deflection if a defender’s arm is judged to be in an unnatural place.
“But his hand is not in an unnatural position,” Newcastle supervisor Eddie Howe stated after the sport, “(his hands) are down by his side, but he is in a running motion.”
The cross from Ousmane Dembele that struck Livramento was additionally going backward — and never in direction of objective.
The penalty determination within the PSG sport instantly affected the standings within the tightly fought Group F, because it stored PSG two factors away from Newcastle within the second qualifying place for the spherical of 16 behind group chief Borussia Dortmund.
“I feel it is a poor decision and it’s hugely frustrating for us as you know how little time there is left in the game,” Howe stated. “There is nothing we can do about it now.”
Newcastle should now win its residence sport towards last-place AC Milan on Dec. 13 and hope PSG fails to win at Dortmund. The second-place group advances to the Champions League spherical of 16 and the third-place group goes to the Europa League knockout playoffs.