Verratti claims Messi is given an easy ride by officials

Esequiel Farfan
Marcha 19, 2018

Marco Verratti has spoken out over his future while implying that Lionel Messi gets special treatment from referees.

Verratti, who was sent off in the second leg Champions League defeat against Real Madrid issued his apology for silly behavior.

"I got it wrong against Real, but it was a red card out of frustration and sometimes referees could be more tolerant", he told Gazzetta dello Sport. However, Verratti believes that Messi would not have been punished if he'd reacted the same way.

Unsatisfied perhaps with leaving himself alone vulnerable to such accusations of poor behaviour, the Italian chose to query why referees were not so resolutely strict with the rules when it came to certain players; "Messi goes around pointing his finger in the referee's face and doesn't even get punished". "But anyway, I need to improve".

Marco Verratti has refuted claims his management tried to orchestrate a move to Barcelona, while insisting he will still be playing his football with PSG next season.

"PSG are not that far away from Real Madrid", he said.

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"Some details make the difference".

"I read that [agent Mino] Raiola had offered me to Barcelona - it's a lie", he said.

'I talked to my managers, they know what I think, things are clear. "I've chose to stay", he insisted.

"I hope my teammates also think like this because one defeat can not erase everything".

Verratti added: "We were convinced we could go through, but then certain incidents happen. It's so much easier with Neymar".

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