PSG Star Accepts L'Equipe Apology After Newspaper Wrongly Accused Him of Partying Before Barca Clash

Tom Power

​Marco Verratti has insisted he harbours no grudge towards L'Equipe after the French newspaper apologised for allegations made against him earlier in March.

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder was said to have been seen partying with team-mate Blaise Matuidi and R'n'B star Rihanna just 48 hours before the Ligue 1 side's Champions League capitulation to Barcelona in their last-16 tie.

Verratti took to his official Instagram account after L'Equipe issued their written public apology stating that they were wrong to defame Verratti and Matuidi's character, with the 24-year-old captioning the paper's regretful statement with: "Apology accepted, no grudges".

L'Equipe had alleged that several eyewitnesses had spotted Verratti and Matuidi in a Paris nightclub on Monday 6 March, two days before their 6-1 drubbing at the Nou Camp and calamitous 6-5 aggregate defeat to Barcelona in UEFA's flagship continental club tournament.

The paper, though, has now apologised unreservedly for their "false" information with a statement published on their website and printed in copies of their paper.

The statement read: "On last March 9, during L'Equipe Type, we claimed PSG players Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi were in a nightclub two days before the second leg of the Champions League clash against Barcelona.

"The next day, this information appeared in the printed and on the online editions of L'Equipe. We know for certain that this information is false and was given to us by external sources with bad intentions. We would like to apologise.

"We also apologise to gentlemen Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi for our wrongdoing against them, as well as their club and employer Paris Saint-Germain."

PSG issued their own statement on Friday 10 March refuting L'Equipe's report about their two midfield stars, and claimed that the news publication had lost "all credibility" for their wrongdoing.

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