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A referee admits his serious mistake with PSG


Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers, who has regularly refereed PSG in the Champions League, regrets having excluded Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Chelsea in 2015.

In the list of referees hated by supporters of the Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League, he is undoubtedly behind Deniz Aytekin, the infamous referee of the 2017 refit. But Bjorn Kuipers, too, was not kind to the capital club. It was he who inflicted a direct red card on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a tackle more clumsy than dangerous on Oscar, during the eighth-final return of C1 between PSG and Chelsea in 2015.

A decision that the Dutchman regrets today. “We all make mistakes, confides Mr. Kuipers in the columns of the Gazzetta dello Sport. In all matches. There is hardly ever a perfect match. But on a tactical decision … It is in London, between Chelsea and PSG, in the eighth return of C1. I sent off Ibrahimovic, after 31 minutes, a direct red. At real speed, it’s red. But in slow motion, it was better to put out a yellow. But in this match, we failed as a referee team. “

This unfavorable decision did not prevent PSG from qualifying in pain (1-1, 2-2 after), before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by FC Barcelona from Messi, Neymar and Suarez. Subsequently, Mr. Kuipers found the Parisians. In Naples in particular (1-1), against Leipzig (3-0) during the Lisbon Final 8 in 2020, and twice last season. First during the resounding success of Pochettino’s men at Camp Nou (1-4), then during the half-return on the lawn of Manchester City. During this match, Marco Verratti claims to have been insulted by Mr Kuipers. Perhaps he will admit his mistake in a few years …

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