“PSG need strong referee against Madrid”

Paris Saint-Germain need a ‘strong’ referee in the second leg of their Champions League tie with Real Madrid, according to their sporting director.

Antero Henrique was critical of Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi from the first leg at the Bernabeu, and also took a swipe at Deniz Aytekin – who officiated their 6-1 loss at Barcelona last season.

“The first leg was influenced by more than just the 22 players on the pitch,” Henrique told an interview with L’Equipe, as cited by Marca.

“We do not look for excuses but everybody felt the same way and in my opinion there was a lack of respect shown for Paris and for France.

“It was the same last season and we must ask ourselves why this is happening, and why referees with no experience are in charge of our games.

“We must have someone who is strong and is of an exceptional level to make sure the right decisions are met.”

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