Paris Saint-Germain duo Marco Verratti and Ander Herrera have both accused referee Bjorn Kuipers of insulting them as the club crashed out of the Champions League in the semi-finals.
PSG’s attempt to advance to back-to-back Champions League finals came to an end at the hands of Manchester City, who won 2-0 on Tuesday to become the tournament’s decider for the first time in their history 4-1 overall .
Riyad Mahrez scored twice for City as PSG finished the second leg with 10 men after Angel Di Maria received a red card for sending Fernandinho off in the 69th minute.
Verratti and Herrera reacted angrily to the decision to send Di Maria to Manchester, where PSG became only the third team to receive a red card in both rounds of a Champions League semi-final after the Deportivo La Coruna-Porto (2003-04) and Lyon-Bayern Munich (2009-10).
After last season’s finalists PSG licked off the injuries, star midfielder Verratti and teammate Herrera hit Kuipers.
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“The referee told me ‘f *** you’ twice,” Verratti told RMC Sport after the game.
“If I do that, I get a 10-man ban. Of course, I talk a lot with the referee, but I never say anything fucked up.
Herrera added: “We talk about respect with the referees. The referee tonight said fuck [PSG midfielder] Leandro Paredes.
“If we say that, we get a three or four game ban.”
PSG failed to land a single shot on target against City – the first time the French side have failed to do so in a Champions League game since 2003-04.
“We were the best team for 70 minutes,” Herrera said. “We attacked, we created problems for a team that is playing very well.
“We can leave with our heads held high. We are of course sad. It’s not easy to do it, to be a semi-finalist. We must not change what we have done today. We played well. We did it all. There are always things to improve. “