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VAR For Disputed PSG Champions League Penalty Stood Down By UEFA

The VAR official at the centre of a controversial penalty award in Paris Saint-Germain's 1-1 Champions League draw with Newcastle United has been removed from duty by UEFA for a game on Wednesday, European football's governing body told AFP. Poland's Tomasz Kwiatkowski was due to be the Video Assistant Referee at Wednesday's Champions League Group D match between Real Sociedad and Red Bull Salzburg in Spain, but will not now be involved.

His replacement comes after Kylian Mbappe scored a penalty eight minutes into injury time to earn PSG a point against Newcastle in Paris on Tuesday, a result that deprived the English side of a famous victory and leaves them on the brink of a group-stage exit.

Newcastle were leading 1-0 when on-field referee Szymon Marciniak was called by his Polish compatriot Kwiatkowski to come across and review images of a handball in the box by Tino Livramento.

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