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Update: Referee who took charge of Barcelona vs PSG match could be DEMOTED

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Marco Verratti (M) and Thiago Silva of PSG discuss with referee Deniz Aytekin after his call on a penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on March 08, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys Photography/Getty Images)

Referee Deniz Aytekin is set to be demoted by Uefa after the referee came under pressure for several decisions in Barcelona’s 6-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona pulled off an incredible comeback after heading into the second leg 4-0 down.

The Catalan giants conceded an away goal to seemingly kill the game before and scoring three goals in the final seven minutes.

Neymar’s superb free kick in the 88th minute sparked a goal rush as Barcelona scored the winner in the 95th minute.

The penalty decision that put Barcelona within a goal of pulling off the unlikely fightback was controversial as Luis Suarez went down under minimal contact.

Aytekin pointed to the spot much to the fury of the PSG players who had already seen the referee book Suarez for diving earlier in the game.

 

The referee consulted with his assistant behind the goal despite having a better view of the incident and being closer to the action.

The German is now set to be taken off any future Champions League games and will not be given the chance to referee another high profile match this season.

Marca claim Aytekin could be demoted to lesser games and may even be sidelined from officiating all together as Uefa wait for the heat to die down.

 


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