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Steve Bruce's side are desperate for points as their battle with Fulham to avoid relegation looks to be going down to the final day of the Premier League season, when the two sides face each other.
On Sunday, the north east side went behind in the first half to a Matej Vydra goal after just 18 minutes and looked certain to go into half-time still behind.
Just as the first half was coming to an end Newcastle nearly equalised as Dwight Gayle forced a brilliant point blank save from stand in keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
From the rebound Bruce's team felt certain they should have a penalty, when Tarkowski looked to have kicked Sean Longstaff in the face, as he cleared the ball, but it wasn't given.
NO PENALTY! :x:- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 11, 2021
VAR checks to see whether James Tarkowski should be penalised as he clears the ball with a high foot, but it's not adjudged to be a foul.
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Newcastle appeal for a penalty after Tarkowski kicks Longstaff in the head, but ref Anthony Taylor says "Nah f*ck it". VAR is reviewing.- Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 11, 2021
:speaking_head: "He's nearly took his head off."- Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 11, 2021
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That should be a pen. Anywhere else on the pitch ... #BURNEW- Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) April 11, 2021
At half time the Professional Game Match Officials Board gave an explanation for why the penalty wasn't given.
In a short statement, read out on Sky Sports, the PGMOL said, "Tarkowski has played the ball first and then Longstaff has stooped and put his head into that area."
It's obviously not the first time this season that VAR has been the centre of controversy, and it's not even the first time this weekend.
Fortunately for Jurgen Klopp's side they ended up winning the game, thanks to Trent Alexander-Arnold's brilliant winner.
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