The fallout from Paris Saint-Germain’s spectacular exit from the Champions League continues as it has emerged that the French side have sent a formal complaint to UEFA.
PSG let a 4-0 aggregate lead slip at Camp Nou last week as three goals in the last seven minutes allowed Barcelona to pull a 6-5 aggregate win out of the bag and progress to the quarter-finals.
The referee on the night, Deniz Aytekin, has come in for heavy criticism since as a number of high-profile calls were believed to have gone Barcelona’s way over the course of the 95 minutes – including failure to award PSG a penalty for a Javier Mascherano foul on Angel Di Maria and the decision to award the home side a penalty of their own when it looked as though Luis Suárez had dived.
According to Marca and the Telegraph, PSG have sent a formal letter of complaint UEFA with a list of incidents that Aytekin got wrong throughout the match. The publication lists the eight incidents cited in the dossier as:
- A Javier Mascherano handball incident in the first half in which the ball appeared to his defender on the arm as he slid to intercept a low Julian Draxler cross.
- Failing to show Gerard Piqué a second yellow card in the first half. The Spaniard was booked in the 23rd minute but PSG claim he should have been shown a red in the 41st for a foul on Cavani.
- Barcelona’s first penalty, in which Neymar was adjudged to have been brought down by Thomas Meunier.
- Neymar’s general aggression, including a kick on compatriot and international teammate Marquinhos.
- A Gerard Piqué handball on 78 minutes with the score at 3-1 (which would never have happened had he been sent off in the first half)
- The aforementioned PSG penalty appeal in which Mascherano may have brought Di Maria down in the box, which could, in turn, have seen the Argentine international sent off (Mascherano has since admitted he fouled Di Maria).
- Barcelona’s second penalty, in which Suarez went down under a soft challenge in the box with the score at 4-1 in stoppage time. Neymar converted the spot kick and Barca gained enough momentum to score one final goal minutes later.
PSG have compiled documents, images and videos and sent them to UEFA in addition to a five-page letter airing their grievances. The Ligue 1 holders are not demanding that the game replayed (and are unlikely to have acknowledged the petition signed by over 200,000 people in their report, rather they simply wish to make UEFA aware of their displeasure with Aytekin’s performance in the match.
Indeed the German could find himself demoted anyway if UEFA Head of Refereeing Pierluigi Collina decides that his showing in the game is worthy of such measures.