Stuart Pearce was left raging at Idrissa Gueye’s tackle on Ilkay Gundogan during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night.
The PSG midfielder was given a straight red card, ruling him out of the return leg, following a needlessly dangerous challenge on the Man City man.
Gundogan was lucky to escape unscathed as Gueye’s studs clattered into the back of his Achilles in the 78th minute.
Former City defender Pearce was never afraid of a big challenge, but even ‘Psycho’ thought that was a grim tackle from the ex-Everton destroyer.
“We’ve just seen a replay, I thought it was poor when I first saw it,” Pearce said on commentary for talkSPORT. “It was a disgraceful challenge.
“He could’ve broken the kid’s ankle. It was a horrific challenge from behind, straight down his Achilles, it could’ve broken his ankle comfortably.”
It completed a total capitulation for the French champions, who had bossed the first-half and saw two mistakes in six minutes turn the match on its head.
Kevin De Bruyne’s cross evaded everyone, including PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas, as City cancelled out Marquinhos’ opener.
And the Paris defences were breached once again when Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick went straight through a gap in the wall.
For all City’s second-half brilliance, Pearce was left stunned by the mistakes which allowed them to complete a stunning turnaround.
“The two goals they’ve conceded have been absolutely farcical,” he said.