Why are EPL teams making such a big statement in the UEFA Champions League this season?

By March 13, 2019
Leighton Levy

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    Rabiot has been frozen out of the PSG squad since mid-December after failing to agree a new contract, with the French midfielder set to leave at season's end amid reported interest from Tottenham, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Arsenal.

    The 23-year-old was also criticised by PSG sporting director Antero Henrique for visiting a nightclub in the hours following the side's Champions League last-16 exit at the hands of Manchester United.

    And Rabiot's mother, Veronique, lashed out at PSG for their treatment of her son in the French capital.

    "I do not want to cry about it, or to weaken even more Adrien saying he is not good. We are attacking the human side here," she told L'Equipe. "We are modest. I can only tell you that he feels very badly [about] everything that happens.

    "Adrien is a prisoner. He is even held hostage by PSG. Soon it will be dry bread, water and dungeon! This environment is cruel..."

    "Adrien trains, but I do not want to tell you where, with whom and how. But of course, he works out. He has to. A high-level footballer like him, who is not injured, cannot stay for 13 days without working out," she continued.

    "And since the access to Saint-Germain [Camp des Loges] is totally forbidden to him, it was necessary to organise."

    "I can already say that we blamed him for liking the wrong video," Veronique said. "This is not the one where Patrice Evra 'celebrates' the elimination of Paris.

    "And then, there is this nightclub outing... But PSG wants to take care of Adrien's private life too, when they don't even want him anymore! They want him to put on his pyjamas at nine o'clock, before the game, in front of his TV, to go to bed at eleven o'clock! These people do not know the rhythm of life of the players?

    "When a player plays, which is his job, he has a training rhythm. In this case, nothing happens for Adrien. Adrien is not going to take a pottery class until something happens. He must take care of himself, let him live!"

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    Evra was in the stands in the French capital alongside current United midfielder Paul Pogba when the Premier League team overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit to advance to the Champions League's quarter-finals on away goals.

    Footage posted on social media showed Evra wildly celebrating Marcus Rashford's late penalty and he followed that up with an expletive-laden rant that contained homophobic slurs, which emerged online after ex-Monaco team-mate Jerome Rothen had criticised the former French international's antics in the stands.

    In a statement issued on Le Parisien's website, PSG said: "Paris Saint-Germain strongly condemns the homophobic insults proffered by Patrice Evra against the club, its representatives and former player.

    "The remarks were deeply shocking within the club, which was particularly committed to the values of respect and openness to others.

    "The fight against homophobia is at the heart of PSG's action. The fight against homophobia and all discrimination is at the heart of the action and the values of Paris Saint-Germain, which has been engaged for many years alongside Rouge Direct to combat homophobia and against all forms of racism.

    "The club wanted to inform Manchester United about their former player.

    "PSG will support any initiative initiated by its associative partners, Rouge Direct, Sportitude-France, SOS Racisme."

    Evra later posted a video on Twitter in order to "clarify a massive, massive misunderstanding" in which he claimed his words were misconstrued.

    "I'm not homophobic, you know who I am [...] I love everyone," he said.

    "If I offend someone or I hurt someone, I really apologise.

    "But you know it's not my intention, they're just trying to put me down. I understand about the equality; you have to be free whatever you do in life.

    "I would never judge anyone. My mum raised me and educated me that way."  

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