Marco Verratti has hit at Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi with claims that referees always overlook his wrongdoings on the field of play. The Italian made this revelation while speaking to the Gazzetta dello Sport about Paris Saint-Germain’s elimination at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16, a game that saw the talented midfielder sent off for a second yellow. He picked the first yellow card for a reckless tackle, and the second for mouthing off at referee Felix Brych.
Verratti was already on a yellow card when he felt he was fouled by Mateo Kovacic in Real’s half. When no foul was given, the Italian stormed to protest to official Felix Brych and was given a second caution which saw him get sent off.
“I got it wrong against Real, but it was a red card out of frustration and sometimes referees could be more tolerant,” Verratti said.
“It was a bad reaction but I didn’t insult anybody, whereas Messi goes around pointing his finger in the referee’s face and doesn’t even get punished.
“But anyway, I need to improve.”
Messi usually holds a reputation as one of the calmer personas among the stars of world football. He has only been sent off once in his professional career, when he was shown red just 40 seconds into his Argentina debut in August 2005 for lashing out at an opponent who tugged his shirt.
Verratti also used the interview to explained why he didn’t join Barcelona last summer, despite being heavily linked to the Catalan side. He said speculation that his agent, Mino Raiola, has offered him to Barcelona is “a lie,” insisting he has goals to achieve at the Parc des Princes.
The Italian’s suggestions might perhaps be received better from someone without such a chequered disciplinary record, per The Independent:
New reports say Nigerian Islamist militant group, Boko Haram today returned 105 girls kidnapped from a high school compound in Dapchi a few weeks ago.
According to SaharaReporters, the militant group came with the girls in 9 vehicles same way they took them away.
There was confusion in the area as members of the community scampered into the bush as the terror group appeared in the area, first dropping off one the girls in a nearby village and then driving into the center of Dapchi town to drop off the rest of the girls. Five of the girls are dead according to a source.
It is not clear if the Nigerian government paid any ransom to get the girls released.
Two robbery suspects have been apprehended by the operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command for killing a Taxify driver and snatching his vehicle.
The suspects, Simon Tyozemda (27) from Benue State and Lucky Friday (24) from Delta State were arrested on Wednesday, 14th March, 2018 with two long knives inside a UBER operated cab, a Toyota Camry Saloon with the registration number APP 145 EE, which they had planned to kill its driver and steal.
They have since confessed that they formed their robbery gang while in Kirikiri Prison.
Simon the gang leader, had through his girlfriend’s UBER app ordered a Taxi at past 11:00 p.m. last week....
A Nigerian lady identified as Zahrah Musa, has declared that the name Buhari brings out the demons living in people.
Musa came to this conclusion after a Nigerian political analyst, Olorogun Ernest chastised her for naming her son, 'Buhari'
Olorogun Ernest's tweet has long gone viral on Twitter, after he chastised the lady who celebrated the first birthday of her son named Buhari.
According to Olorogun, it is pathetic that an educated and exposed lady, can name her son Buhari. He further recounted how a man named his dog Buhari in Ogun State, and then concluded by saying the lady’s son will read history later.
However replying the Political Analyst, @Zahrahmusa tweeted;
The name Buhari brings out the demons living in some people. It’s unfortunate that this creature @OlorogunErnest had to lash out at a birthday wish for a 1...