Olivier Giroud has hit out at Marco Veratti, saying he was surprised at the behaviour of the PSG midfielder which led to both players being sent off towards the end of Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw.
Giroud had picked up an earlier yellow card for dissent, and insisted he was trying to avoid anything that might get him in further trouble with referee Viktor Kassai.
However, Veratti and defender Marquinhos seemed to be instigators of an incident while the official’s back was turned, and his decision to issue second yellows was a frustration for the Arsenal striker.
“Being on a yellow card, I didn’t want to make waves,” he said.
“I obstructed Verratti, he threw himself to the ground. Marquinhos pushed me from behind and I don’t know how Verratti falls a second time.
“It escalated the situation. It’s frustrating, especially since I don’t know if the referee saw what happened. I was really surprised at his behaviour.
“I told him: ‘What are you doing?’, I think that the referee was tricked.”
Giroud will now miss the next Champions League tie against FC Basel unless Arsenal launch an appeal (if that’s even possible).