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‘Ref should Not Have Shown Alves Red’



Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves made a mistake confronting the referee in the defeat to Lyon, but an official “should know how to manage” such situations better PSG coach Unai Emery said on Tuesday.

On Sunday in Lyon, Alves upset when his tackle on an opponent drew a whistle, leapt up, ran to referee Clement Turpin and leant as close as he could while shouting at the official, who responded with a red card. PSG went on to lose, 2-1.

“Some players play with the heart, and others with the head, but both are important. Dani is intelligent, he has experience and he plays with the heart. He made a mistake, I told him,” Emery said.

“But you have to be balanced, the referee must know how to handle this kind of match, because Dani has done the same thing in other matches. The referee could have given him a yellow,” said Emery before adding “I’m not saying the referee did his job badly.”

Alves posted on Instagram on Monday saying: “Since when has it been a lack of disrespect to disagree? If you want to blame me, you can…I have a broad back.” He added the hashtag “#alwaysgoodcrazy”.

Emery also said Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are doubts for PSG’s cup match with Guingamp on Wednesday.

Neymar missed the loss to Lyon and has a “muscle pull” which Emery called a “small injury” saying “we will see how he feels after training.”

Mbappe left Sunday’s game on a stretcher after a collision with Lyon’s Anthony Lopes.

“He wants to play, he told me he feels good, but it was a very hard blow so we have to listen to the neurologist who is going to examine him,” said Emery.

Emery also said that striker Lucas, who is being starved of appearance, “needs to find another club.”

“I’ve spoken with him and, with all the respect I have for him, there’s no chance of him getting more playing time here,” Emery said.

Lucas talked to L’Equipe, the French sports daily, on Tuesday.

“The shock is brutal,” he said. “I thought I had built something solid here but that’s clearly not the case.”

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