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Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain players accuse referee Kuiper of insult


After the semi-finals in the Champions League, players from Paris Saint-Germain accuse the Dutch referee Kuipers of insulting them several times.

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Marco Verratti, Alessandro Florenzi and Ander Herrera talk to Kuipers

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Two professionals from Paris Saint-Germain have made violent allegations against referee Björn Kuipers after the semi-finals in the Champions League.

According to the statements of Marco Verratti and Ander Herrera, the 48-year-old Dutchman will "Fuck you" ("Fuck you") and "Fuck off" ("Fuck off") to PSG players during the soccer game on Tuesday evening at Manchester City have said.

From Kuipers, who showed PSG professional Ángel di María the red card in the 69th minute for unsportsmanlike conduct, there was initially no reaction to the allegations.

The European Football Union Uefa, which is responsible for the competition, did not want to comment on them.

"The referee said to (Leandro) Paredes: 'Fuck off'," said PSG professional Ander Herrera on the French broadcaster RMC Sport.

"We speak of respect, but if you say something like that, you will be banned for three or four games." Teammate Marco Verratti reported that Kuipers had said "Fuck you" to him twice.

"If I say that, I'll get a ten-game suspension." He said it was right that he spoke to the referees a lot, but he never said anything like that.

PSG lost the game 2-0 and clearly missed the final after the French capital club had already suffered a 2-1 defeat at home in the first leg.

Above all, the final phase of the game was marked by numerous interruptions and unrest due to fouls, there was one expulsion and several yellow cards.

Last year, the Parisians contested the final of the European premier class for the first time under their then coach Thomas Tuchel, but lost to FC Bayern.

"At the moment it is difficult to console us," said Tuchel's successor Mauricio Pochettino after the semi-final, which, according to the allegations of the PSG professionals towards the referee, has an aftermath.

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Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-05-06

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