Paris St Germain’s Leandro Paredes was verbally abused by Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers throughout Tuesday’s Champions League semifinal second leg loss to Manchester City, his team-mate Ander Herrera has claimed.
City reached the ultimate of Europe’s elite membership competitors for the primary time due to a 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium to safe a 4-1 combination win. French champion PSG have been left angered by the referee, who despatched off PSG’s Angel Di Maria in the 69th minute for an off-the-ball stamp on Fernandinho.
“We talk about respect towards referees,” midfielder Herrera advised French multimedia outlet RMC Sport, whereas revealing that the official had sworn at Paredes. “If we say that, we get a three or four-match ban.”
Herrera’s team-mate Marco Verratti stated in his post-match interview that he too was abused by the official. PSG supervisor Mauricio Pochettino advised reporters he believed his players and that European soccer’s governing physique UEFA may examine the incident.
“I didn’t hear anything from the touchline, if something is there and is how they explained, maybe UEFA will investigate the situation,” Pochettino stated.
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Proud of the journey you’ve got been on, honoring the Parisian colors
An incredible journey that ends tonight in opposition to Man City.
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“But now that’s not an excuse I can put in front of you… the most important thing is we’re not in the final and that’s why we feel really sad.”
Meanwhile, CBS color commentator Jim Beglin apologised for attributing Argentine Di Maria’s dismissal through the sport to his “Latino temperament.”
“I apologise for my culturally insensitive remarks… I wrongly used a racial stereotype. This was inappropriate and unacceptable,” Beglin tweeted.
“Words have a strong impact and I fully understand the severity of what I said when Di Maria was sent off. I’ll learn from this and be better moving forward.”