Champions League

Aurier sorry for ref rant

2015-03-17 21:21
Serge Aurier (AFP)

Paris - Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier has followed the example of teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic and apologised for his referee rant after the French club's fiery Champions League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last week.

The Ligue 1 champions progressed to the quarter-finals over the Londoners, on away goals after extra-time, despite Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers showing Ibrahimovic a red card for a tackle on Oscar after half an hour's action.

A furious Aurier, who missed the London trip because of injury, later posted a video on his Facebook account in which he called Kuipers a "dirty son of a bitch".

The 22-year-old, who will learn whether he faces UEFA disciplinary action on Thursday, issued an apology.

"I ask forgiveness from Mr Kuipers, his assistants as well as all officials for my reaction after the game with Chelsea," he posted on Twitter.

"My teammates and I are fighting to reinforce the image of Paris and France in European football. This is obviously not this negative image I want to give out.

"My passion for football and my frustration at being injured for such a match resulted in my reaction, which should not have happened.

"The work of the referees is not easy I am sincerely sorry."

In a separate incident, Ibrahimovic was also forced to apologise after the Swede labelled France as being a 'shit country' after a 3-2 defeat by Bordeaux on Sunday in which he scored twice.

Furious at decisions made against PSG, Ibrahimovic stormed off the pitch and said: "In 15 years, I have never seen such a referee. In this shit country, this country does not deserve PSG. We are too good for this country."

He also made an abusive comment during the incident towards the referee but backed down after France's Sports Minister Patrick Kanner called the remarks "insulting".

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