“Bad For Football”- Nick Pope Makes a Controversial Claim After Kylian Mbappe’s 98th Minute Equaliser Against Newcastle United

Published 11/29/2023, 3:50 AM EST

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Was Newcastle robbed during their clash against PSG? Aleksander Isak‘s first-half goal raised hopes for Newcastle as they aimed to further their bids to secure qualification into the knockout rounds. Moreover, Nick Pope‘s notable saves kept them at bay for most of the match. However, things took an unexpected turn when Kylian Mbappe scored a penalty in the 98th minute, as the game ended in a 1-1 draw. The Magpies’ goalkeeper has made shockwaves in the soccer world after making a controversial claim regarding the result of the match.

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Soon after the match, many, including former Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas, said it was unacceptable. Now let’s find out what Pope had to say about this heartbreaking loss against PSG.

Nick Pope believes they robbed his team of victory!

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In a video uploaded by Sky Sports, we saw Nick Pope remarking that the referee committed an error by awarding the penalty. The Englishman strongly feels that the result was unjust. He said, “My opinion, not a penalty. It’s something that hits his body first and then kind of his elbow really proximity. I just don’t see a lot of penalty.”

He continued, “I played football for a long time, and watched a lot of games. I think if that’s a penalty, we’re given nowadays, I think that it’s bad for the game of football.”

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Nick Pope added, “I’m sure the guidelines are if it hits your body and then your arm, it’s obviously not a penalty, really? Obviously, I’m sure, guidelines will be checked tonight.” From the words of the British goalkeeper, it is evident that he is frustrated about the narrow loss his team faced because of a controversial penalty.

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He added, “I’m sure the guidelines are if it hits your body and then your arm, it’s obviously not a penalty, really? Obviously, I’m sure, guidelines will be checked tonight.” From the words of the British goalkeeper, it is evident that he is frustrated about the narrow loss his team faced because of a controversial penalty.

Towards the end of the match, Ousmane Dembele‘s cross appeared and struck Livramento‘s body as the ball bounced to his arm. Following this, referee Szymon Marciniak observed the situation and awarded a penalty to the French club. As soon as they received the golden opportunity, Mbappe took advantage of it and leveled the score once and for all. Interestingly, PSG’s manager, Luis Enrique, believed that such controversies are unavoidable considering the nature of the sport.

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Luis Enrique calls it normal in soccer

When the crowd turned against PSG’s penalty, Luis Enrique came to the scene to talk in favor of his men. According to him, such dramatic events are typical and bound to happen. Furthermore, he reminded the soccer world that PSG is one of the best teams that scores the most goals in Europe.

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However, he agrees that the French team equalizing the score when the game was dying felt like a horror movie script. Enrique is grateful to his players and devoted fans who cheered them on until 60–70 minutes despite the team not scoring a goal. Do you think that the Magpies were robbed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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