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Blanc, Mourinho hope UEFA allows Zlatan to play quarters despite red card

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PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, leaves the field after getting a red card during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


Ninety-four percent of our voters agreed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic got a raw deal on his red card early in PSG’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match at Chelsea on Wednesday.

Both PSG manager Laurent Blanc and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho -- Zlatan’s former manager -- hope UEFA agrees with the majority and allows the Swedish superstar to play in the UCL quarterfinals next month.

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Ibrahimovic and Oscar both slid in for a loose ball on Wednesday, and the latter made a meal out of the exchange. Referee Bjorn Kuipers bought it, and PSG’s 10 men somehow -- we’re still not sure it really happened -- advanced past Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

From Sky Sports:

Blanc said: “I haven’t had a chance to look though the footage.

“There will be a committee who will convene to talk about the decision and I hope he will be in our party for the quarter-final.”

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho revealed that he spoke with Ibrahimovic after the game and he “hopes UEFA can minimise the mistake and let him play the quarter-final”.

It’s not wise to go to ground if you’re not 100 percent sure you’ll get the ball, but Ibrahimovic was not studs up and pulled up. It’s hard to imagine Ibrahimovic will see his red rescinded, but here’s hoping PSG gets a chance to build on its industrious, gutsy upset with their best foot forward.

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