Ander Herrera accuses referee of telling Paris Saint-Germain star Leandro Paredes to ‘f**k off’ during defeat to Manchester City

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Ander Herrera was furious with referee Bjorn Kuipers (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Former Manchester United star Ander Herrera has accused referee Bjorn Kuipers of telling Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Leandro Paredes to ‘f**k off’ during his side’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday.

The Ligue 1 giants crashed out of the Champions League after City’s 4-1 aggregate win, which sees Pep Guardiola’s side progress to the final for the first time in their history.

Paris Saint-Germain dominated in the opening 45 minutes of the first leg before capitulating after the break, with Idrissa Gueye getting his marching orders for a horrific tackle on Ilkay Gundogan.

The French side were similarly petulant in Manchester as Angel Di Maria was sent off for kicking out at Fernandinho with the aggregate score at 3-1.

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Verratti accused the referee of inciting PSG’s players. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

PSG were lucky not be reduced further as Danilo Pereira and Marco Verratti were guilty of making shocking challenges.

But Herrera insists the French side were being goaded by the referee, with the Spaniard insisting that Kuipers told Paredes to ‘f**k off’.

‘The referee tonight said f**k off to Leandro Paredes,’ said Herreta.

‘If we say that we get a 3 or 4 match ban.

Verratti backed up Herrera’s claims and said if roles were reversed he would receive a severe ten-match ban.

‘The referee also told me ‘f*** you’ twice,’ said Verratti.

‘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.’


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