Uefa Decide not to Suspend PSG Barcelona Referee Deniz Aytekin

Deniz Aytekin officiated the tension-filled game

Uefa will not be suspending Deniz Aytekin despite complaints about his performance in Barcelona’s 6-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

The famous comeback was helped by three penalty decisions that went in Barcelona’s way, with Luis Suarez going down in the box in the final minute of normal time.

The converted penalty brought Barcelona within a goal of a the famous comeback and PSG were furious with several decisions made by Aytekin.

Reports in Spain claim the German was set to be demoted or even suspended by Uefa for his poor display, president Aleksander Ceferin dismissed the rumours as false.

‘We will not suspend the referee from that match, referees are not suspended,’ he told AFP.

Referee in PSG, Barcelona match avoids UEFA suspension
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin addresses a press conference with President of Czech Football Association Miroslav Pelta (unseen) on March 21, 2017 in Prague. / AFP PHOTO / Michal Cizek (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

When something doesn’t go well, we discuss it — but it is not a matter for suspension.

‘That would be like suspending a player who missed a penalty kick when he should simply go to the bench if he misses many penalty shots.’

The referee awarded a penalty in the final minute of normal time
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 8: Referee Deniz Aytekin of Germany grants the first penalty to Barcelona while Thiago Silva and goalkeeper of PSG Kevin Trapp protest to the assistant referee during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Camp Nou on March 8, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

PSG sent a lengthy letter of complaint to Uefa questioning several game-changing decisions and urging the governing body to assure the same mistakes would not be repeated.

The French champions had a four goal lead heading into the second leg of the last-16 tie, but somehow conceded six goals in Barcelona.

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