Ref swore at PSG players during Man City’s defeat


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.

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But Herrera and Verratti said after the game that some of that frustration was due to inappropriate comments from the Dutch game official.

“The referee said ‘f — off’ tonight Leandro Paredes, ‘Said Herrera RMC. “If we say that, we will be suspended for three or four games.”

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.

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