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    Football world blasts ‘ROBBERY’ and Shearer slams ‘what a load of s***’ after PSG’s controversial penalty vs Newcastle

    NEWCASTLE were “robbed” of a win for the ages away to Paris Saint-Germain by a controversial penalty that legend Alan Shearer called “a load of s***”.Eddie Howe’s travelling side led for much of the game thanks to Alexander Isak’s 24th minute opener.
    PSG were awarded a penalty after this controversial handballCredit: Getty
    Ousmane Dembele’s flick bounced off Tino Livramento’s chest and onto his elbow
    The penalty was awarded after a VAR check
    They looked on course for a famous win in the French capital, which would have put them second in their Champions League group stage.
    But there was late drama in Paris when, deep into eight minutes of injury time, Ousmane Dembele’s flick bounced off Tino Livramento’s chest and onto his elbow.
    Polish referee Szymon Marciniak – who officiated the 2022 World Cup final between Argentina and France and last season’s Champions League final – was unmoved and immediately waived play-on.
    But play was halted by VAR and Marciniak was called over to his screen to watch slow-motion replays.
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    The clips clearly showed the ball bounce first off of Livramento’s chest which, in the Premier League, would not be deemed a penalty.
    But Toon star and fans were soon left in agony as, astonishingly, the referee signalled he had changed his mind and awarded the spot-kick.
    Kylian Mbappe lashed past Nick Pope to level the score.
    It leaves Newcastle third in Group F and needing victory when AC Milan come to St James Park next month for any chance of progressing to the knockout stages.
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    A shocking decision from an elite referee, says HalseyBy Mark Halsey

    IT is a shocker that could cost Newcastle a place in the Champions League last 16.
    And it is so bad that Uefa’s refereeing chief Roberto Rosetti should come out and provide answers.
    Szymon Marciniak has taken charge of World Cup and Champions League finals and an official of that calibre has to have the confidence to stick with his original decision.
    Uefa’s own guidelines state “no handball offence should be called on a player if the ball has previously deflected from his own body and, in particular, when the ball does not go towards goal.”
    Did both the VAR and Marciniak, who checked his decision on a pitchside monitor, miss the deflection off Tino Livramento’s chest?
    It was similar to an earlier incident where the ball glanced off Lewis Miley’s leg onto his arm when no penalty was awarded.
    Also Livramento was in close proximity to Ousmane Dembele for the PSG forward’s original cross which came at pace, his arm was in a natural position and it was not a deliberate act.
    It is just a really poor intervention from VAR and a shocking decision from an elite referee. 
    Until that point, the Polish official was having a good game.

    However, a win for PSG against Borussia Dortmund would knock Newcastle out whatever their own result.
    And legends of the game were left disgusted by the decision and none more so then Newcastle icon Shearer.
    He posted: “Do me a f*****g favour man. What a load of s***.
    “A superb battling away performance from every single player. Shouldn’t be spoilt by a disgusting decision. Well done.”
    Shearer’s former strike partner Michael Owen added: “Heartbreaking for @NUFC. Such a good performance.
    “Never in a million years is that a penalty. We are further away from applying consistency to the handball rule than we’ve ever been.”
    Somehow, Newcastle manager Howe remained level-headed when probed by TNT’s Laura Woods post match.

    What does the handball law say?Referees and officials have three key considerations when decision on a handball offence.

    Was it a “deliberate action” by the player – did they move their arm towards the ball?
    Is the hand or arm in an “unnatural position” – was it away from the body?
    How close was the player to the ball and was the speed of the ball too fast for them to avoid?

    He said: “I’m still coming to terms with it. I feel really flat but at the same time really pleased with what the players gave today.
    “Their commitment, execution. We rode our luck. We ran out of luck at the end. I didn’t think it was a penalty.
    “What you don’t take into account with those replays is how quick the ball goes. It hits his chest first.
    “If it hits his hands first, well it’s still not a penalty because he’s so close. But you can make more of a case.
    If we’re giving penalty kicks for that in the biggest club competition on the planet, it’s a disgrace.Ally McCoist
    “It’s not a penalty when it hits his chest first and then hits his hand which is low.
    “I’m not allowed to sum it up. I can’t say my inner thoughts obviously…
    “I thought the referee was having a good game up until this moment. He had been strong.”
    Pitch-side pundits Ally McCoist and Jermaine Jenas were far less diplomatic as they fumed over the decision.
    Commentator McCoist said: “That is absolutely never a penalty.
    “If we’re giving penalty kicks for that in the biggest club competition on the planet, it’s a disgrace.”
    Ex-Newcastle midfielder Jenas added: “What is Livramento meant to do with his arms? Wrap them round his back? I’m fuming.
    “The players threw everything at it and it should have been one of those historic wins. Newcastle have been robbed.”

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    Man Utd icon Rio Ferdinand forced to leave TNT Sports studio during PSG vs Newcastle as Laura Woods makes statement

    RIO FERDINAND was forced to leave TNT Sports’ studio during Newcastle’s Champions League draw against Paris Saint-Germain.TNT Sports host Laura Woods revealed Ferdinand was not present due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
    Ferdinand was present before the game
    But he was missing due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ after the game
    Ferdinand had been present for the pre-game show and half-time coverage of PSG vs Newcastle.
    However, with the Manchester United icon missing from the post-match lineup of pundits, Laura issued a statement on his whereabouts.
    After speaking about TNT’s coverage of United vs Galatasaray on Wednesday, she said: “Rio would be here to chat about Manchester United now but we had to let him go [due to] unforeseen circumstances.
    “He is OK, don’t worry.”
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    Ally McCoist and Jermaine Jenas were on hand to provide game analysis alongside Woods.
    Both were left in disbelief at a late penalty decision which was awarded to the Ligue 1 side against Tino Livramento for handball.
    McCoist told Newcastle boss Eddie Howe that he felt his team was “robbed” of a win.
    Alexander Isak had put the Magpies ahead in the opening stages by taking advantage of a poor save from Gianluigi Donnarumma.
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    However, Newcastle were soon penned back into their own half and defended resolutely before seeing their hard work undone by Kylian Mbappe’s 98th-minute spot kick.
    A 3-1 win for Borussia Dortmund at AC Milan means it is a one-game shootout for one of three teams to progress into the knockout stages of the Champions League.
    PSG sit on seven points, while Newcastle and Milan both sit on five.
    The Toon host Milan in their final group stage game, knowing they must win to stand a chance of progressing to the last 16.
    A defeat will see them knocked out of European football entirely. More

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    Micah Richards shocks in very bold outfit live on CBS Sports and is cheekily teased by Kate Abdo

    MICAH RICHARDS wore a daring outfit for CBS Sports’ Champions League coverage on Tuesday evening.The American broadcaster jetted to Miami for a special edition of their European football programme.
    Kate Abdo, left, roasted Micah Richards, right, at the start of CBS Sports’ coverage
    Richards went for an interesting outfit choice for the Miami show
    Presenter Kate Abdo politely introduced pundits Thierry Henry and Clint Dempsey, before she turned her attention to Richards.
    And as is the custom, the host proceeded to roast the ex-Manchester City man.
    She said: “The bosses at CBS thought ‘This is Miami, we need more star power’. However it turns out that Lionel Messi is out of the country.
    “But then they thought ‘Well, why not a handsome, dashing Brit?’ But sadly David Beckham was also not available…
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    “So here he is, Mr Micah Richards.”
    Richards, who took the jibe in good faith as he laughed off the mockery, responded by getting the live crowd going.
    He shouted: “Big Meeks is here. Make some noise, baby.”
    Richards then received a huge cheer from those watching the CBS Sports coverage from just a few yards away.
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    But it was the former England defender’s outfit that drew a lot of attention on social media.
    Richards went for a white shirt, cream blazer, brown fedora hat and sunglasses.
    And it’s safe to say the fashion choice divided opinion.
    One Twitter user said: “Did Micah Richards convince Rick Ross to send him his stylist on loan for the week?”
    But another replied: “Micah Richards looking fly af on set today. Colours, sunglasses and the hat.”
    While a third added: “Micah Richards, I would rate your drip 100/10!!” More

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    Fans troll Mbappe for ‘thinking he’s Garnacho’ as PSG star’s overhead kick goes horribly wrong against Newcastle

    FANS have trolled Kylian Mbappe after his overhead kick went horribly wrong against Newcastle.The Parisians were trailing Newcastle 1-0 at the time when Ousmane Dembele went through on goal.
    Mbappe lined up for the spectacularCredit: Twitter
    And took a Garnacho-esque shotCredit: Twitter
    But it didn’t even get close to the goalCredit: Twitter

    His shot was saved by Nick Pope, which left Mbappe with the option to attempt the spectacular.
    But it backfired, and the ball fell at the feet of team-mate Fabian Ruiz instead out to left of the penalty area instead.
    Fans were ruthless in drawing comparisons with Alejandro Garnacho’s wondergoal at the weekend.
    Many felt that Garnacho’s acrobatic strike was the finest ever in the Premier League.
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    One fan said: “Mbappe thought he was Ronaldo.”
    Another wrote: “That was so bad” alongside a laughing emoji.
    A third wrote: “There is only one Alejandro Garnacho, Mbappe had to find that out the hard way.”
    A fourth said: “Mbappe really thought he was Garnacho”
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    While a fifth said: “He’s trying to copy Garnacho…”
    TNT Sports commentator Darren Fletcher also drew comparisons with the Manchester United teen sensation,
    He cheekily quipped during TNT’s commentary to say :”I think he needs half an hour with Garnacho!”
    Mbappe ultimately had the last laugh as he scored a hugely contentious injury-time penalty to seal a 1-1 draw. More

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    Chelsea transfer target Victor Osimhen’s agent fly out to Madrid while Napoli star takes in Bernabeu on his own

    VICTOR OSIMHEN was joined by his agent in Madrid for Napoli’s Champions League clash. The striker’s future in Italy remains in doubt amid a row with the club but he travelled to Spain for tomorrow’s group stage match.
    Victor Osimhen at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu
    He wondered the pitch on his own
    Osimhen, 24, was captured taking in the Bernabeu stadium all on his own, joined by none of his team-mates.
    And Spanish reports suggest the Nigerian’s agent, Roberto Calenda, has jetted in too for transfer talks with Los Blancos after the game.
    And that would come a huge blow to suitors Chelsea.
    Osimhen scored 26 goals in 32 matches last season to help Napoli to the Serie A title.
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    But his relationship with the Italian champion has soured in the last few months – including with manager Rudi Garcia.
    Then the club mocking him on social media just added to the uncertainty over his future.
    Still Osimhen has six goals in 11 matches this season but he nine games with a hamstring injury.
    He returned in Napoli’s 2-1 win over Atalanta but did so strongly linked with a move to Chelsea in the winter window.
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    Osimhen is believed to be the Blues’ top target as they struggle for goals.
    Liverpool and Arsenal are also among those linked but Chelsea could be preparing for a bid when the market opens in January.
    But Osimhen could demand as much as £120m for the attacker, which would be a Premier League record fee.
    Chelsea have already spent £1billion since Boehly took over in May 2022.
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    Laura Woods gags in awkward moment during TNT Sports clip as Rio Ferdinand says ‘that’s a bad sign’

    LAURA WOODS appears to not be a fan of one French delicacy.It comes after TNT Sports flew their Champions League panellists out to France ahead of Newcastle’s clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
    Laura Woods did not take well to eating snailsCredit: TNT Sports
    She could be seen struggling to down the French delicacyCredit: TNT Sports
    Laura visibly gagged on her second runCredit: TNT Sports
    Woods then reached for a cup of coffeeCredit: TNT Sports
    Laura then joked she would ‘recommend’ the snailsCredit: TNT Sports
    TNT posted a video of Woods tucking into some snails.
    However, immediately after taking her first bite Woods can be seen struggling, putting her hand to her mouth as crew behind the camera burst out laughing.
    After regaining her composure, she said sarcastically: “It’s fabulous.”
    The award-winning sports presenter then had another go but fared no better as she could be seen gagging and placing her cutlery down on the table.
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    Rio Ferdinand, Jermaine Jenas and Ally McCoist quizzed her about it before Woods picked up a cup of coffee.
    This led to Manchester United legend Ferdinand saying: “If you’re going to wash it down with coffee that’s a bad sign.”
    Woods then put her coffee back down before saying: “I promise you that was great. I recommend that.”
    Jenas then suggested she should have another one, with Woods bursting out into laughter.
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    Laura could be seen wearing a stylish French beret with a Toon-style black and white top.
    And she admitted she’d be supporting Newcastle on Tuesday night – because she’s a secret fan!
    Woods left talkSPORT this summer after presenting the much-loved breakfast show for three years alongside McCoist.
    But she returned alongside her old co-host this morning at 9am this morning as they chatted to Andy Townsend.
    It was revealed that she was actually meant to join McCoist much earlier but a boozy night out in Paris put a stop to that plan.
    The fun continued all the way to kick-off as a brutal comment by her led Jenas threatening to walk off screens.
    Inside Laura Woods’ glamorous life as football, boxing and NFL presenter…
    Laura is the new face of TNT Sports’ Champions League coverage
    Laura regularly hosts DAZN’s boxing coverage as wellCredit: Instagram @laurawoodsy
    She has gathered a huge social media following in recent yearsCredit: Instagram @laurawoodsy
    Laura presented coverage of Anthony Joshua’s bout with Jermaine FranklinCredit: Rex
    She has become TNT Sports’ main Champions League anchor this seasonCredit: Getty
    Laura also likes to let her hair down when not workingCredit: Instagram @laurawoodsy
    Laura went Instagram official with her romance with Adam CollardCredit: Instagram
    Laura is dating former Love Island star Adam CollardCredit: Instagram
    The presenter is ITV’s host for Lionesses coverageCredit: Getty
    She also works for ITV on their coverage of the NFLCredit: Instagram
    Woods previously hosted the talkSPORT Breakfast alongside great pal Ally McCoistCredit: Instagram
    She loves a day at the races during the summerCredit: Instagram @laurawoodsy
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    Jermaine Jenas threatens to WALK OFF TNT Sports set live on TV after Laura Woods’ brutal comment

    JERMAINE JENAS jokingly threatened to walk away after a brutal jibe from Laura Woods.The TNT Sports team were broadcasting live from the Parc des Princes prior to Newcastle’s controversial 1-1 Champions League draw with PSG.
    Laura Woods was left in stitches after her jokeCredit: TNT SPORTS
    Jermaine Jenas hilariously threatened to walk awayCredit: TNT SPORTS
    Shay Given joined the TNT Sports teamCredit: TNT SPORTS
    And they were joined by Rio Ferdinand and Shay Given pitchside.
    The former Toon goalkeeper arrived late and Woods couldn’t resist the chance to poke fun at Jenas, who also used to play for the club.
    Woods quipped: “We have a proper Newcastle legend alongside us now… Shay Given.”
    Jenas reacted “wow” and he walked off camera.
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    Woods burst into laughter and Ferdinand laughed “get your coat”.
    Fans found it hilarious, one said: “Woodsy’s just killed Jenas there… lovely stuff.”
    Another added: “Jenas actually looked offended.”
    Given is a hero at St James’ Park after he played 462 times for the club across 12 seasons.
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    Jenas featured in 152 matches for the Magpies from 2002 to 2005.
    The retired midfielder eventually left for Tottenham.
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    Laura Woods wears black and white stripes as she reveals she ‘half’ a Newcastle fan… and not because of Adam Collard

    LAURA WOODS has revealed she is “half” a Newcastle fan ahead of the Toon’s crunch Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.And the TNT Sports presenter even wore a black and white top while discussing The Magpies’ European hopes.
    Laura Woods asked Rio Ferdinand and Co if they will be supporting NewcastleCredit: TNT
    Ferdinand told Woods she was wearing a Newcastle top with her black and white striped jumperCredit: TNT
    Woods laughed it off and then claimed she is ‘half’ a Newcastle fanCredit: TNT
    Eddie Howe’s men made a superb start to their first Champions League campaign in 20 years when they followed up a draw against AC Milan with a breathtaking 4-1 win over PSG at St James’ Park.
    But back-to-back defeats to Borussia Dortmund have left them in need of results away at PSG and at home to AC Milan to avoid a group-stage exit.
    Ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Paris, a TNT Sports segment saw Woods, Rio Ferdinand, Ally McCoist and Jermaine Jenas discuss their chances against the Ligue 1 champions.
    Woods began the debate, asking: “Are we all Geordies tomorrow?”
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    McCoist confirmed he will be, before Ferdinand pointed at Woods’ black and white striped top and added: “You’re one today.”
    Woods, who is now dating Geordie Love Island star Adam Collard, laughed and replied: “I mean, I am always half of one.”
    The former talkSPORT host is an Arsenal supporter, but her dad is from Newcastle – meaning the Toon hold a special place in her heart.
    They then turned their attention to what they expect to happen in Paris on Tuesday evening.
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    Newcastle thrashed PSG at St James’ Park in OctoberCredit: Reuters
    Woods said: “There was something about that performance at St James’ Park against PSG where it felt like every single one of the Newcastle players was at a different level.”
    Ferdinand then replied: “Will they ever get to that feeling again? I think it’s going to be difficult.”
    McCoist said: “Newcastle are just now on a crest of a wave, they’re really enjoying it. They’re enjoying the ride, and so they should.
    “But I just think you look back to that PSG game, that was absolutely special.”
    Before Jenas concluded the clip by adding: “Every time I’ve doubted Newcastle this year, they’ve delivered.
    “I don’t see any reason to doubt them.”
    The duo later shared a joke pitchside that led to Jenas hilariously threatening to walk off screens.
    Inside Laura Woods’ glamorous life as football, boxing and NFL presenter…
    Laura is the new face of TNT Sports’ Champions League coverage
    She has gathered a huge social media following in recent yearsCredit: Instagram @laurawoodsy
    She has become TNT Sports’ main Champions League anchor this seasonCredit: Getty
    Laura also likes to let her hair down when not workingCredit: Instagram @laurawoodsy
    Laura went Instagram official with her romance with Adam CollardCredit: Instagram
    Laura is dating former Love Island star Adam CollardCredit: Instagram
    She also works for ITV on their coverage of the NFLCredit: Instagram
    Woods previously hosted the talkSPORT Breakfast alongside great pal Ally McCoistCredit: Instagram
    She loves a day at the races during the summerCredit: Instagram @laurawoodsy More