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PSG Send UEFA 5-Page Letter Detailing Referee Mistakes in 6-1 Barcelona Loss

(L-R) Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona, referee Deniz Aytekinduring the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain on March 08, 2017 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2017

Paris Saint-Germain have sent a dossier to UEFA regarding the the performance of referee Deniz Aytekin during the club's 6-1 defeat to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League at the Camp Nou.

Jason Burt of the Telegraph reported the Ligue 1 champions have sent a five-page letter to the governing body due to a litany of perceived errors from the officials as the Blaugrana overturned a 4-0 first-leg deficit to eliminate PSG.

Burt wrote:

There were a series of controversial incidents during the game with Aytekin awarding Barcelona two penalties and coming under extreme pressure from the Spanish side’s players.

PSG have included eight incidents in their report which they have submitted to European football’s governing body, demanding that such mistakes are not repeated. There is an inference that the ‘bigger’ team in Barcelona was looked upon favourably by the official.

An online petition has called for the game to be replayed after over 200,000 people lodged their concern. However, PSG have not joined this cause, per Burt.

Barca advanced 6-5 on aggregate after a nail-biting encounter saw the Parisians fall in the final moments of the second leg.

Burt explained PSG have "employed experts, including former international referees" to analyse the match and give independent opinions on the controversial moments. The French club say they did not receive enough respect from Aytekin but accept they lost because of the failure of their team.

Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Marco Verratti (C) and teammates argue with referee during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match FC Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 8, 201
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The dossier includes video clips of the match, including a penalty appeal by Angel Di Maria for PSG, an alleged stamp by Neymar on countryman Marquinhos and a handball and shirt-pull by Barca defender Gerard Pique that went unpunished, according to Burt. 

Aytekin faces demotion if UEFA's head of refereeing Pierluigi Collina decides to sanction the German official.

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