Newcastle fans will be fuming after what happened in Arsenal game yesterday 96 days ago
Newcastle fans will be fuming after what happened in Arsenal game yesterday
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Newcastle United were very frustrated after PSG’s late equaliser on Tuesday and will be even more irritated by the fact that RC Lens were denied a penalty for a very similar situation last night vs Arsenal.

In the game at the Emirates, the ball bounced off of Kai Havertz’s knee before hitting his arm, so VAR deemed it not a clear and obvious error and chose not to award the penalty, leaving Newcastle fans very confused with how the rule works.

Lucy Ward was commentating for TNT Sports on the Arsenal game when she claimed that PSG’s penalty should not have stood just like Lens’ potential spot kick was denied.

Lack of consistency leaves Newcastle frustrated vs PSG

Newcastle fought hard for three points in the French capital but were ultimately left feeling flat and disappointed to have lost out to a very controversial refereeing decision.

In what was pretty much an identical situation, PSG were handed a penalty at the end of the game against Newcastle after the ball was kicked off of Tino Livramento’s chest and onto his arm which was deemed handball by VAR.

One of the biggest issues with VAR that will have left Newcastle feeling hard done by is the lack of consistency and seeing very similar scenarios happen in other Champions League games just 24 hours later and yet they came to a completely different outcome.

This kind of incident also occurred in Bayern Munich’s game and in Man United’s game, both of which did not result in penalties.

Commentating for TNT Sports, Ward said: “That’s what should have happened last night. That’s no consolation to Newcastle fans. But they did that goal against Arsenal though so I don’t think any Arsenal fans will be crying about last night.”


Arsenal FC v RC Lens: Group B - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
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Newcastle have to use their anger as fuel

Some of the highlights of Newcastle’s recent success under Eddie Howe have been when the team have felt as though the odds were against them and that their backs were against the wall.

With some key fixtures coming up against Manchester United this weekend and then AC Milan in a couple of weeks, Howe will no doubt be asking his Newcastle players to remember how the penalty decision against PSG made them feel and to use that to motivate them in these big games.

The fans will certainly not forget what happened on Tuesday night and will be looking to create a similar atmosphere to the one against PSG at St James’ Park, pushing their team on to one more victory in Group F.

If all goes well for the Geordies, it could be one of the most memorable nights in the North East in recent memory, and there’s been quite a few as of late.

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