Paris Saint Germain midfielders Ander Herrera and Marco Verratti said referee Bjorn Kuipers during the defeat against players from the French side Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final return leg on Tuesday.
Two Riyad Mahrez goals City a 2-0 win on the evening and a 4-1 aggregate win with PSG players showing their frustration in the last minutes when Angel Di Maria was sent off for a flight of stairs Fernandinho and several others received yellow cards. PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino was one of those who approached Kuipers full-time.
But Herrera and Verratti said after the game that some of that frustration was due to inappropriate comments from the Dutch game official.
Verratti added: “The referee said to me ‘f — you.’ If we say that, we will be banned for 10 games. “
After the game, PSG sporting director Leonardo Leonardo said: “You can see and hear the images. It’s so clear. I don’t understand. It’s a real shame. I don’t want to put our elimination on the referee, but there it is. many situations were not handled properly. “
According to Leonardo, Paredes told the PSG bank: “It’s incredible. He said I had to f — off. I can’t believe it. It’s incredible.”
PSG will report the incident to UEFA.
PSG faced a tough task in Manchester after losing the first leg 2-1 in Paris with Idrisse Gueye late on the field and thinking they’d received a penalty kick at the Etihad within seven minutes, only for Kuipers to make his original decision roll back the VAR monitor.
Mahrez opened the scoring shortly after, before adding a second to effectively kill the draw at 63 minutes before Di Maria received his marching orders six minutes later.