PSG defends itself against media
PARIS, France (AP): Amid mounting tension at Paris Saint-Germain following its humiliating Champions League thrashing by Barcelona, the club has refuted reports saying two players were in a nightclub 48 hours before the 6-1 defeat, and launched a stinging attack on a leading newspaper.
In the first of strongly worded club statements on Friday, PSG said it was an "insult to their professionalism and to the club" to allege players were in a nightclub.
PSG aimed the first of two broadsides at sports daily L'Equipe, whose television channel reported that midfielders Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti were partying close to the game.
"A defeat is never a reason to spread the most malicious rumours," PSG's statement said. "Shame on those -- often L'Equipe -- who spread them without even checking their 'information.' No credibility."
Verratti's agent, Donato Di Campli, said legal action was being prepared.
"What has been written by L'Equipe is absolutely false: We're going to take legal action and we're studying what path to take," Di Campli told radio station CRC. "Verratti's image is sacred and we won't allow anyone to discredit it. It's one thing to criticise the lad on a technical level and another to go into the personal aspect, saying things that are absolutely false."
Less than one hour after its first statement, PSG released another. This one denounced "lies" in an article claiming the club asked permission from police authorities to parade the Champions League trophy down the Champs-Elysees if it won the competition.