Marco Verratti Rips Refereeing in PSG’s 3-1 Loss to FC Nantes

Paris Saint-Germain hoped to follow up their 1-0 first-leg victory over Real Madrid with a win in Ligue 1 when they traveled to western France to take on FC Nantes. The capital club didn’t get off on the right foot being down 3-0 by halftime.

The French giants did score a goal and had various chances to find the back of the net; however, they could not do so, falling 3-1. After the match, Marco Verratti spoke with Canal Plus (via Canal Supporters), where he discussed the game, particularly the refereeing. 

Verratti made it known that he was confused over the referee’s decision-making. PSG received six yellow cards on ten fouls committed; meanwhile, Nantes made 16 fouls, and the referee only gave them two yellow cards. 

“How is it possible that we take ten yellow cards? We can’t even talk to the referee. We can not do anything. The referee, when we come to talk to him, he says we can talk. There we can not talk at all. He’s the only referee in the world who can do things like that,” Verratti said.

“The penalty is the second yellow card (for Appiah) and therefore red. These are things where the referees have to take responsibility because there we get shit on by the referee.”

The midfielder also discussed the match, conceding three goals put. The French giants had plenty of opportunities to score goals; they failed to capitalize on their chances, which came back to haunt them. 

“Yes, but that’s football, that’s how it is. We have to give them credit, and they scored goals. It has nothing to do with Tuesday’s game because physically we were very good,” Verratti said. 

“We created chances until the 90th minute. It’s football; we play every three days. When we win, we don’t party, and we think about the next match. And there, we think of Saint-Etienne.”

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