Manchester City-PSG referee Bjorn Kuipers told me ‘f**k you’, Marco Verratti claims

The PSG players were angered by Angel Di Maria’s red card

Jamie Braidwood
Tuesday 04 May 2021 22:39 BST
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino and Marco Verratti spoke to referee Bjorn Kuipers at full-time
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino and Marco Verratti spoke to referee Bjorn Kuipers at full-time (AFP via Getty Images)

Support truly
independent journalism

Our mission is to deliver unbiased, fact-based reporting that holds power to account and exposes the truth.

Whether $5 or $50, every contribution counts.

Support us to deliver journalism without an agenda.

Louise Thomas

Louise Thomas


PSG midfielders Marco Verratti and Leonardo Paredes were told to f**k off by referee Bjorn Kuipers during their Champions League semi-final defeat to Manchester City, it has been alleged.

Kuipers showed a straight red card to Angel Di Maria as the French side lost their discipline on a heated night at the Etihad Stadium, as PSG’s Champions League hopes were ended by Pep Guardiola’s team.

Di Maria kicked out at City captain Fernandinho shortly after his side fell 2-0 behind, with a number of PSG’s players surrounding the Dutch referee following his decision and throughout the rest of the contest.

Speaking to French broadcaster RMC after the match, and according to reports in the French media, Verratti added: “The referee said to me f**k you. If we say that, we get banned for 10 matches.”

Team-mate Herrera said: “The referee tonight said f**k off to Leandro Paredes. If we say that we get a three or four match ban.”

Riyad Mahrez, who scored both goals for City on Tuesday in securing the 4-1 aggregate win, told BT Sport: ““They lost their heads. They started kicking us.”

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in