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Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has backed UEFA to investigate allegations that referee Bjorn Kuipers has sworn against Ander Herrera.

The allegations came after PSG left the Champions League with a defeat in semi-final second leg to Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez, who scored in his side’s 2-1 first leg win, scored a brace as City went 4-1 overall. However, just as Idrissa Gueye saw red in the first leg, Angel Di Maria was sent off on Tuesday.

In addition, Kuipers issued four more yellow cards to PSG players, including the midfielder. Herrera.

Marco Verratti also received a reservation and the Italian and Pochettino faced off against the referee and his assistants after the full-time whistle blast.

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Speaking to reporters after the clash, Herrera and Verratti claimed Kuipers insulted them.

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“Tonight the referee said ‘f *** off’ to Leandro Paredes, that’s not normal,” Herrera said (via the Daily Mirror). “If a player does that, he takes three or four suspension matches.”

Verratti added, “He also told me ‘f *** you’ twice. For him, this is normal. If I do, I take 10 matches [suspended]. “

Pochettino, meanwhile, said: “I haven’t heard it but we have to believe what they are saying and maybe UEFA will investigate.”

Mahrez opened the scoring for City after passing Keylor Navas, who saved Kevin de Bruyne’s shot.

PSG had their chances in the second leg, but Ruben Dias blocking Herrera’s volley was one of the City defender’s many great contributions.

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As such, De Bruyne and Phil foden combined to kick Mahrez off the far post to make it 2-0 on the night.

Pochettino feels dominated by PSG

Pochettino said RMC Sport of his team’s performance: “If we analyze the two matches, we dominated a team that is very difficult to control. You need a small percentage of luck to score in key moments.

“I’m disappointed because we deserved better. But Manchester City have been more clinical than us. They scored the goals we needed, we played the game we wanted with the shot we wanted. It’s a bit disappointing obviously, because the objective was to go to the final.

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“You have to be positive, it’s difficult after an elimination, you have to have this process in mind, stay calm, analyze the situation… We arrived here after beating Barcelona and Bayern. It’s a shame not to make it to the final, but the team never gave up, they fought to the end.

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“We also played 10 against 11 for [30] minutes, which is a big drawback. It wasn’t for us. We will come back strong, the club and the players will be ready to win the remaining matches. We will be ready. “

City, meanwhile, will return to the Premier League on Saturday to face Chelsea.

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