Paris Saint-Germain midfielders Ander Herrera and Marco Verratti have said referee Bjorn Kuipers cursed French players in the loss to Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday.
Two goals from Riyad Mahrez gave City a 2-0 victory on the night and a 4-1 aggregate win with PSG players showing their frustration in the dying minutes as Angel Di Maria was sent off for a kick in Fernandinho and several others received yellow cards. . PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino was among those who approached Kuipers full-time.
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But Herrera and Verratti said after the match that part of that frustration was due to inappropriate comments from the Dutch referee.
“The referee said ‘f — off’ to Leandro Paredes,” Herrera said RMC. “If we say we get a three or four game ban.”
Verratti added: “The referee told me ‘f — you’. If we say that, we are banned for 10 games.”
After the game, PSG sporting director Leonardo Leonardo said: “You can hear and see the pictures. It’s so clear. I don’t understand. It’s really too bad. I don’t want to put our elimination on the referee but there many situations were not dealt with correctly. “
According to Leonardo, when Paredes came out he said from the PSG bench: “It’s amazing. He told me to f — off. I can’t believe it. It’s amazing.”
PSG will report the incident to UEFA.
PSG faced a tough job in Manchester after losing the first leg 2-1 in Paris with Idrisse Gueye sent off late and believed they were awarded a seven-minute penalty at the Etihad only for Kuipers to overturn their original decision after watching the VAR monitor.
Mahrez opened the scoring soon after before adding a second to effectively kill the tie 63 minutes before Di Maria received his marching orders six minutes later.