Alan Shearer's live, X-rated reaction to penalty decision in Newcastle's draw with PSG sums the whole saga up
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Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer called Paris Saint-Germain's 98th minute penalty in Tuesday evening's 1-1 draw a 'load of s**t' in a furious rant.
The Magpies were moments away from going second in Group F with a historic win at the Parc des Princes.
Alexander Isak's first-half effort looked to be enough for Eddie Howe's men until the dying embers when controversy struck.
Tino Livramento was judged to have handled an Ousmane Dembele cross inside the area by VAR after referee Szymon Marciniak initially ignored protests from PSG players.
Replays would show the ball struck Livramento's arm after it came off his chest. Kylian Mbappe stepped up to fire his spot kick past Nick Pope and salvage a point for Luis Enrique's side.
Watching along at home, Shearer immediately jumped on X, formerly known as Twitter, to let everyone know what he was thinking.
He said: "Do me a f**king favour man. What a load of s**t. #VAR."
The former England international later composed himself, sending a follow-up message to his one million followers.
Shearer added: "A superb battling away performance from every single player. Shouldn’t be spoilt by a disgusting decision. Well done Newcastle."
Newcastle will now have to win against AC Milan in their final group game on December 13 and hope PSG don't beat Borussia Dortmund to have any chance of making the last 16.
Howe claimed PSG players put pressure on the referee to give a penalty and later called the decision to award one 'poor' in his post-match press conference.
He vented: "Yes, I do. 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.
"The ball hits his chest first, comes up and hits his hand. But his hand is not in an unnatural position, they [his hands] are 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 as you know how little time there is left in the game. There is nothing we can do about it now."