Marco Verratti has sensationally claimed he was twice told to ‘f**k off’ by the referee during Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Manchester City.
Tempers flared during PSG’s 2-0 defeat at the Etihad on Tuesday night, with Angel Di Maria sent off for violent conduct and a number of his teammates booked in the latter stages.
The Paris Saint-Germain team appeared frustrated with referee Bjorn Kuipers during the game and Verratti claims he was told to ‘f**k off’ by the Dutch official.
PSG slipped to a 4-1 aggregate defeat in the semi-final tie as they failed to become only the sixth team in history to reach back-to-back Champions League finals.
Speaking after PSG’s Champions League exit, Italian midfielder Verratti: ‘The referee told me, “F**k you” twice.
‘If we say that, we get banned for ten matches. I talk a lot to the referee but I don’t say that.’
PSG star and former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera added: ‘The referee told [Leandro] Paredes to f**k off. It’s incredible. If we say that we get a three or four match ban.’
Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, insisted he was ‘proud’ of his team despite their back-to-back defeats to Man City.
‘We played the game we planned to play,’ the former Spurs boss said. ‘We started really well, creating chances and dominating Manchester City. That’s not easy.
‘Not many teams can dominate a team like Manchester City. Sometimes in football you need a percentage of luck in some periods of the game.
‘In the end, they were clinical. They scored from a situation where we were pressing high, with a long ball.
‘I need to congratulate Manchester City because they are having a fantastic season. After six or seven seasons of working, Pep is doing well. At the same time, we feel proud of our players and our team.’
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