Thu 2 May 2024, 13:30 · Liam Brusby

'Controversial': Ally McCoist mentions Newcastle during Champions League semi-final

'Controversial': Ally McCoist mentions Newcastle during Champions League semi-final
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TNT Sport commentator Ally McCoist admitted that a "controversial penalty" against Newcastle helped PSG on their way to the Champions League semi-final.

The former Rangers man was on commentary duty with Darren Fletcher for Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final first leg between Borussia Dortmund and PSG.

In form Dortmund attacker Niclas Fullkrug scored the only goal to give BVB the advantage going into the second leg in Paris.

For Newcastle fans however, it was what McCoist mentioned in the 27th minute of the tie that made their ears perk up.

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Mbappe scored the penalty that kept PSG in the Champions League

Newcastle fans won't forget 'that' penalty decision

The Magpies were 1-0 up against PSG at the Parc des Princes deep into stoppage time.

Then in the 96th minute, Kylian Mbappe knocks the ball onto the chest of Tino Livramento which then ricochets onto his arm, he couldn't do anything about it but the referee blows for a penalty which Mbappe converts.

Fletcher and McCoist, the commentators on the night were baffled by the decision.

McCoist mentioned the decision on last nights broadcast. He said: "I vowed I wasn't going to do it until at least the second half, but a rather controversial penalty against Newcastle helped them a little bit as well, didn't it."

Lead commentator Fletcher replied: "Absolutely, Newcastle fans watching tonight will be saying exactly the same thing."


The decision cost Newcastle more European football

Such an unfortunate moment for Newcastle, even Toon boss Eddie Howe said: "it wasn't a penalty, it's hit his chest."

It makes you wonder how far Newcastle could have gone in Europe.

The extra two points would have had us in third, enough for a spot in the Europa League knockout stages. PSG would have been out of the group with a whimper.

As we watch the two teams we played in the group battle for a place in the Champions League final, you can't help but wonder 'what if?'.