PSG players claim referee swore at them in Man City defeat

Leandro Paredes was verbally abused by the referee during Tuesday's Champions League semifinal loss to Manchester City, according to team-mate Ander Herrera.

Leandro Paredes and Manchester City's Bernardo Silva tussle. - REUTERS

Paris St Germain's Leandro Paredes was verbally abused by Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers during Tuesday's Champions League semifinal second leg loss to Manchester City, his team-mate Ander Herrera has claimed.

City reached the final of Europe's elite club competition for the first time thanks to a 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium to secure a 4-1 aggregate win. French champion PSG was left angered by the referee, who sent 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 told French multimedia outlet RMC Sport, while revealing that the official had sworn at Paredes. “If we say that, we get a three or four-match ban.”

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Herrera's team-mate Marco Verratti said in his post-match interview that he too was abused by the official. PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino told reporters he believed his players and that European football's governing body UEFA could investigate 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 said.


“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 colour commentator Jim Beglin apologised for attributing Argentine Di Maria's dismissal during the game 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.”

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