Paris Saint Germain manager Thomas Tuchel was left ropable after five red cards ended his side’s disappointing 1-0 home loss to Olympique Marseille in France’s Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Florian Thauvin scored the game’s only goal with a close-range finish from a 31st minute free kick as OM stunned PSG, but the talking point was the melee which concluded the match.
The incident occurred deep into stoppage time when Marseille’s Dario Benedetto pushed PSG’s Leandro Paredes with the latter responding aggressively and pushing his countryman to the ground, with both sent off.
Paredes appeared to then lose his cool completely, headbutting Alvaro Gonzalez as the melee turned ugly with all players involved.
Layvin Kurzawa and Jordan Amavi came to blows, with an arm swung and an outstretched kick, leading to both of their dismissals.
The video assistant referee was also consulted with Neymar receiving his marching orders for a punch to the back of the head of Gonzalez in the same incident where Paredes appeared to headbutt the Spaniard.
The incident came after a frustrating evening for PSG who dominated the match but simply couldn’t convert their chances.
“The last three minutes were too much,” Tuchel said.
“Our reactions were over the top. Those that were in the stadium know that this situation started from the start of the match and got worse, but that is also our fault.
“The cards? We are the ones who are going to suffer now because of these three cards. It’s too much.”
Reflecting on the game, the German was blunt in his appraisal, insisting OM were not deserved winners.
“It wasn’t complicated,” Tuchel said. “We were the better team both physically and technically.
“I expected a more difficult game and that wasn’t the case. The only thing is that we were missing that goal.”