The PSG star was punished for heading the ball back to his goalkeeper after dropping to his knees on the edge of the penalty area
Marco Verratti might just have been given a yellow card that won’t be beaten for strangeness in 2017.
During PSG’s encounter with Nantes in Ligue 1 on Saturday, Verratti was booked for getting on his knees and heading the ball back to his own goalkeeper!
The incensed referee deemed the action to be unsportsmanlike and subsequently punished the Italy international.
In England, the FA’s rules state that referees can penalise a player if he “uses a deliberate trick to pass the ball (including from a free kick) to the goalkeeper with the head, chest, knee etc. to circumvent the law, whether or not the goalkeeper touches the ball with the hands”.