Like some Parisian players, Leonardo had it bad against the referee after the new defeat conceded by PSG against Manchester City (2-0) in the semi-final of the Champions League.
Leonardo did not attack Björn Kuipers this time directly, as he was able to do on Saturday after the victory against Lens. Exasperated by the leniency of Jérôme Brisard, guilty in his eyes of not sufficiently protecting Neymar, victim of several faults during the meeting, the Parisian sports director had indeed violently attacked the Laval referee. “It’s not the first time it’s happened, and every time it’s you. You say: ‘I know, I know’, but nothing happens », he had launched in the corridors of the Parc des Princes, in reference to the incidents of the last Clasico.
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The Brazilian still had some complaints against the Dutch referee. And not only because of the insults that Björn Kuipers would have launched at certain Parisian players during the meeting. “We talked about it with the players. It’s so clear that I don’t even want to comment. Too bad. But I think there were a lot of situations that were not handled well by the referee ”, he regretted, visibly bitter.
Pochettino calls on UEFA
As soon as the match was over, Ander Herrera and Marco Verratti had pointed out the remarks made by the Dutch referee during the match. ” We talk about respect, respect with the referees. He said “fuck off” to Leandro Paredes. If we say that, we take three or four suspension matches “, Regretted the Spanish midfielder, his Italian friend abundant in his direction:” Yes, he insulted Paredes, and me too. He told me “fuck you” twice. “
If he has shown his usual caution, Mauricio Pochettino nonetheless hopes to see UEFA take up the case. ” I think Marco and Ander explained themselves on television, we have to believe them, but now the most important thing is that we are eliminated. I haven’t heard from the sideline, maybe UEFA will investigate, but that shouldn’t be an excuse. This is something UEFA will need to take note of “, He indeed indicated.
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