PSG defeat: Chief Al-Khelaifi blames poor officiating

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Paris Saint-Germain chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi has heaped blame on an official after the 3-1 defeat in the Champions League round of 16 to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening, according to report.

Adrien Rabiot put PSG ahead in the 33rd minute but a Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace and Marcelo late goal ensured Real Madrid emerged as the winner of the first leg, the European Champions take a two-goal advantage to Paris for the return leg on the 6th of March.

Al-Khelaifi Speaking with beIN Sports after the match, the Qatari supremo was critical of the officiating, recalling last year’s heartbreaking loss to Barcelona at the Camp Nou.”We can also speak about the referee,” Al-Khelaifi said. “Two yellow cards, which were not, and an offside against Kylian [Mbappe] that was also incorrect.

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“The small things, such as these, can also make the difference against big teams like Real. It was not solely because of this but it helped Real, of course.

“Last year, in Barcelona, the referee. Today, again, the referee. I think that UEFA have to do something.

“I have not spoken with the players. Everybody is disappointed by the result. We were really good in the second half — the players gave everything.”


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