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Cantona calls Suarez diving “football porn” (video)
Manchester United and France national team legend Eric Cantona criticized Barcelona striker Luis Suarez's behavior inside the box during Barcelona vs PSG clash. “Suarez is not a biter any more, he’s a diver. Not a very good one, way too dramatic," Cantona said during Eurosport show Commissioner of Football. “Such blatant cheating with this hand on the throat, look of agony, bullshit! This is football porn. Kids should not be allowed to watch.” “For some, it was a miracle on grass. For others it was the heist of the century. Either way, it was epic," the former MU captain added. Here is the video of Luis Suarez actions in the episode, where Barcelona won a penalty kick opportunity against PSG. https://youtu.be/5brUDkVobUM
Verratti will stay at PSG
Marco Verratti will stay at PSG, according to the player’s representative. The Italy midfielder is wanted by Barcelona and Juventus, with the playmaker touted as a potential long-term successor for Xavi. However, his suitors are set for disappointment as his agent Donato Di Campli says he will honour his existing contract at PSG. Speaking to Italian news agency Nansa, he said: “Marco Verratti will continue at PSG. He has a contract until 2021. He will stay in France. "There is no doubt because he is a respectful person with contracts. Afterwards, if PSG ask us to leave, we will leave. It’s [too] soon to speak about a return to Italy. He is only 23.”
Verratti wants to leave PSG
PSG's Marco Verratti has told his agent to listen to offers this summer, according to reports in Spain. Mundo Deportivo claims the Italy international has told representative Donato Di Campli to sound out any potential moves. PSG crashed out of the Champions League last week, despite racing to a 4-0 first-leg lead against Barcelona.
PSG to target Allegri and Simeone for next season
PSG are considering a manager change at the end of the current season, the French magazine L'Equipe informs. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone are the main candidates for taking over PSG in summer. According to the source, the PSG heads are dissatisfied with the decisions the team's current manager Unai Emery makes, and the loss from Barcelona (6-1) after 4-0 win at Stade de Princ made PSG administration look for new managers for the team. Unai Emery's current contract with the French side expires in summer 2018, as he signed a two-year deal back in 2016.
Villa hails current Barcelona as one of the best teams in history
New York City FC striker David Villa hailed his former team Barcelona after their historic comeback against PSG (4-0, 6-1) in Champions League round of 16. "I think it is if not the best, then one of the best teams in the history of all teams," the striker told a press conference. "They have won a lot of titles, a lot of games. They make games, crazy games, like this, it is so difficult in 2017, in soccer, in a competition like the Champions League. "It is one of the best games in the history of the Champions League, it is the best comeback." The Spanish forward has also remembered his days at Barcelona. "I stayed there three years, I know what happens in this club, I know how great this club and this team is and they deserve it because they made a very great, great, game," he concluded. David Villa has played in Barcelona between 2010 and 2013, having featured in 77 games and scored 33 goals.
Infantino: Video Assistant Referees will clear referee mistakes
FIFA president Gianni Infantino commented on controversial decisions made by Denis Aytekin, the referee appointed for Barcelona vs PSG clash (6-1). "What you saw was an incredible match. This shows that football is really a fantastic game." Infantino told reporters. "Whether that particular case was an injustice or not, we can leave it to the judgement of the referee at this stage." "Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be there in future, hopefully, to correct, clear mistakes of the referee. In this case I don't know whether it was a clear mistake or not. But in future when there are clear mistakes this will be corrected," FIFA president finalized.
PSG fans insult players after Barcelona loss
PSG fans showed aggression towards the players, their families and equity after the team was back to Paris from Barcelona. The fans have reportedly attacked the players' cars, even while their families were with them in the cars. PSG administration released an official statement about the incident, which reads: "On Wednesday night, upon their return from Barcelona, the Paris St Germain players were confronted and threatened by several individuals at Bourget Airport, despite the club and authorities reinforcing security. "These individuals verbally insulted the players before vandalizing their cars. Several vehicles were damaged. "The club strongly condemns the actions and behavior of the individuals in question," it concluded. PSG lost the Champions league round of 16 second-leg to Barcelona (6-1) after winning the first-leg (4-0), which caused aggression among the fans.
Ramos: Barca loss will make my sleep calmer
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos shared his expectations ahead of Barcelona home clash against PSG in Champions League. "I'll be happier if Barcelona lose, it will make my sleep calmer," he told the reporters after Napoli clash (1-3). Barcelona lost the first-leg to PSG (4-0) and have only few chances of reaching the quarterfinals. The second-leg will take place at Camp Nou in Barcelona, on March 8. Real Madrid have already played their round of 16 matches against Napoli (aggregate score 6-2). Sergio Ramos has become the hero of the Tuesday match at San Paolo, as he scores a header after a corner kick and creates the second Madrid goal (Mertens own goal).
Tottenham target Rabiot open to Real Madrid move
PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot admits he'd consider a move to Real Madrid. Rabiot has been linked with Tottenham in recent days. "I am under contract until 2019 and I do not think I am in a rush. Honestly, I am not thinking about that," Rabiot told Europe 1. "If there are offers from big clubs, that obviously demands that they are considered. Clubs like Real Madrid, they are truly great clubs but, truly, the most important thing is the present and I am concentrating on what I am doing right now, that is the best thing to do." Note that the 21-year-old midfielder has made 26 appearances during this season, scoring 2 goals.
Layvin Kurzawa: Zlatan exit has freed us
PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa says they're a stronger team this season without Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 24-year-old says Ibra's departure for Manchester United has been a benefit to many of his teammates. The defender said, "Ibrahimovic? It's better, better. "There are players who have released themselves, like Lucas. He took up plenty of room in the locker room and on the ground. Last season we were expecting a lot from Zlatan, this season we are expecting a lot from everyone."