Paris Saint-Germain players angrily accused referee Bjorn Kuipers of telling them to “f — off” during their Champions League semi-final defeat at Etihad Stadium.
Marco Verratti has revealed he was sworn in by the Dutch official, while Ander Herrera claims to have heard Leandro Paredes being insulted.
Kuipers sent off Angel Di Maria for sending off Fernandinho and booked four other PSG players as the French champions lost their lead at the end of a 4-1 total loss.
“We are told about respect, respect with the referees. He said ‘f — off’ to Paredes. If we say that, of course we get four (banned) matches,” Herrera told RMC Sport.
Verratti added: “The referee told me ‘f — k you’ twice, I never said that because otherwise I will take ten matches! But if you are eliminated it is not. the referee’s fault. “
Riyad Mahrez scored both goals for City in the second half and said PSG “lost their temper” in the second half.
“They lost their temper and started hitting us. They got the red card and after that it was more comfortable for us, ”he said.
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino said the matter could now be investigated by UEFA’s governing body.
“We have to believe what they tell us but the most important thing is that we are not in the final,” said former Tottenham Hotspur manager.
“I haven’t heard from the sideline but if there is anything maybe UEFA will investigate the situation. It is not an excuse to use and the most important is that we are not in the final. “