Ander Herrera and Marco Verratti accuse referee Bjorn Kuipers of telling PSG players to ‘f*** off’ during Champions League defeat to Man City

Ander Herrera and Marco Verratti both accused referee Bjorn Kuipers of swearing at PSG players as they went crashing out of the Champions League to Manchester City in a 4-1 aggregate defeat.

The French giants finished the second leg of the semi-final, which ended 2-0 to City on the night, with ten men after Angel Di Maria’s mindless stamp on Fernandinho, and the visitors confronted the referee on numerous occasions as the match turned sour.

PSG players were clearly furious

Mauricio Pochettino’s side appeared to be losing their heads in defeat to an outstanding City, but the players insist they were provoked by Kuipers.

Herrera, the former Man United midfielder, said after the match: “The referee tonight said f**k off to Leandro Paredes. If we say that we get a 3 or 4 match ban.”

And Verratti, the Italy midfielder, echoed those claims. He said: “The referee also told me ‘f*** you’ twice.

“For them it’s normal, if you say that it’s ten matches [ban]. I talk a lot to the referee but I don’t say that.”

The referee was having none of PSG’s complaints

PSG manager Pochettino insists he had no excuses for his side’s defeat, but suggested UEFA could investigate the referee’s actions.

“We need to believe what they are telling us but the most important thing is we are not in the final,” said the former Spurs boss.

“I didn’t hear from the touchline but if something is there, maybe UEFA will investigate the situation. It is not an excuse to use and the most important thing is that we are not in the final.”

PSG players swarmed Kuipers after the Dutch ref produced a straight red card to Di Maria for lashing out against Fernandinho in the 69th minute.

But according to former City winger Trevor Sinclair, the visitors could have no complaints.

He said: “No discipline. He’s let his teammates down. He’s let his the football club down. He’s let the owners down.

“I’m not sure what Pochettino is doing there, but before he stamped on him, Di Maria put his hand up.

Di Maria left the referee with no choice
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“He’s lost his head. He shouldn’t have done that and it’s been witnessed by everyone at the stadium.

“It’s frustration. This is what Fernandinho does. He winds up opposition players and gets them at it.

“That’s exactly what he’s done and that’s why he’s in the team.”

Riyad Mahrez was City’s match-winner with both goals and said PSG ‘lost their nerve’ in the second half. 

“They lost their nerve and started kicking us. They got the red card and after that it was more comfortable for us,” he said.