Everyone was dumbfounded when both Marco Verratti and Olivier Giroud were shown a red card in the 94th-minute of the 1-1 draw between Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.
Replays on television didn’t really shed any light on the clash between the two players as they were both shown a second yellow in injury-time.
However, we have found some footage that explains exactly what happened, and it seems as though PSG defender Marquinhos is the man to blame.
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Giroud appears to block Verratti after he plays a pass, something the Italian wasn’t too impressed with. After the Arsenal striker picks himself up from the floor, Marquinhos comes over and gives the Frenchman a big shove on the back.
The Frenchman stumbles and accidentally trips Verratti before Marquinhos gives Giroud another push in the chest.
The referee, Hungarian Viktor Kassai, obviously hadn’t seen the previous incidents and decided that Giroud and Verratti deserved a second yellow card each. Madness.
Check out the footage below:
With it being two yellow cards, both Arsenal and PSG have no chance of overturning the red cards for both of their players.
It means Giroud will miss Arsenal’s next Champions League fixture Basel at the Emirates.
The Frenchman didn’t start the match at the Parc des Princes, with Alexis Sanchez being given the nod up-front for the north Londoners.
However, with his side trailing 1-0 thanks to Edinson Cavani’s goal after just 42 seconds, Arsene Wenger brought Giroud on in the 63rd-minute.
While he had no direct part to play in Sanchez’s equaliser in the 78th-minute, his presence certainly gave the PSG defenders something different to think about.
And it seems he definitely ruffled the feathers of Marquinhos during his time on the pitch.