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Baffling penalty call leaves Toon star Trippier fuming –

Kieran Trippier cannot understand why the penalty that denied Newcastle a famous Champions League victory at Paris Saint-Germain was given. 

The England international, 33, was incredulous when Polish referee Szymon Marcimiak pointed to the spot after being asked to review an incident in which Timo Livramento blocked Ousmane Dembele’s cross deep into stoppage time and saw the ball ricochet off his chest onto the underside of his arm. 

Kylian Mbappe converted with just seconds remaining to cancel out Alexander Isak’s first-half opener and snatch two priceless points from the Magpies’ grasp. 

Trippier said: “It’s disappointing but we have to move on. I just try to enjoy football but I am tired of discussing these matters, whether good or bad. 

“Nothing can change it. The referee had the chance to go to the monitor, which he did, so I don’t understand it. 

“From my point of view, it has come off his chest and onto his arm. 

“I don’t understand what his decision was, even after the game. We tried to ask him. But we just have to move on and take it on the chin.”

Livramento, who turned in a fine individual display, was understandably distraught at the outcome. 

But his team-mates swiftly rallied around the 21-year-old defender, who joined from Southampton during the summer.

Trippier added: “Tino is fine. He’s a strong kid who had an unbelievable game again. 

“It’s one of those where everybody knows it wasn’t a penalty. Of course it’s disappointing because it was him in that moment.

“We said, ‘Listen, it wasn’t a penalty, so get it out of your head’.”

Newcastle travelled to Paris without a host of key players through injury but produced a fine performance.

A point still represents a creditable return and they host AC Milan at St James’ Park on December 13 knowing a win would take them through to the last 16, provided PSG do not beat Borussia Dortmund on the same night.

Trippier said: “There are so many positives still to take. The lads have given absolutely everything.

“We all just have to keep stepping up and giving everything for the team.”

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