Marco Verratti © Gallo Images
Paris St Germain have denied that two of their players were in a nightclub a couple of days before the Ligue 1 club were thrashed 6-1 by Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
Sports daily L'Equipe reported on Friday that midfielders Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi had been spotted in a Paris night club on Monday, one day before travelling to Barcelona for Wednesday's game. The Catalans, who lost 4-0 in the first leg, reached the quarterfinals with a 6-5 aggregate win.
The report said that the two players had left the night club "after midnight".
"It's insulting to their professionalism and to the club," PSG wrote in a statement on Twitter.
"Shame on those – often L'Equipe – who publish unconfirmed information."
PSG, who resume their domestic duties at Lorient on Sunday, are second in Ligue 1, three points behind Monaco.