PSG players Marco Verratti and Ander Herrera accuse referee Bjorn Kuipers of swearing at the club’s players during Manchester City defeat

PSG players Marco Verratti and Ander Herrera accuse referee Bjorn Kuipers of swearing at the club’s players during Manchester City defeat

PSG players Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes were allegedly sworn at by referee Bjorn Kuipers during Champions League semi-final second leg defeat at Manchester City; Sky Sports News has contacted UEFA for comment

Paris Saint-Germain midfield pair Marco Verratti and Ander Herrera have accused referee Bjorn Kuipers of insulting the club’s players during their Champions League semi-final defeat to Manchester City.

Verratti claimed he was sworn at by Kuipers, while Herrera alleged he heard team-mate Leandro Paredes being verbally abused by the Dutch official at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Kuipers sent off Angel Di Maria in the 69th minute for an off-the-ball stamp on City midfielder Fernandinho as the Premier League leaders sealed a 2-0 win on the night to progress to the final 4-1 on aggregate.

Herrera told French media outlet RMC Sport“We talk about respect towards referees. If we say that, we get a three or four-match ban.”

Kuipers sends Angel Di Maria off for kicking out at Fernandinho in the 69th minute
Kuipers sends Angel Di Maria off for kicking out at Fernandinho in the 69th minute

PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino has suggested there should be an investigation into the claims by governing body UEFA.

“Verratti explained to the TV in an interview,” Pochettino said in his post-match news conference. “We need to believe in what they are telling us.

“I didn’t hear nothing from the touchline. If something is there and it is how they explain, maybe UEFA will investigate the situation.

“That is not an excuse. The most important is that we’re not in the final, that is why we feel really sad.”

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