Paris-Saint Germain were left humiliated by the La Liga giants, who overcame the 4-0 loss in the first leg to knock the French side out 6-5 on aggregate.
And to make matters worse for Unai Emery’s side, French newspaper L’Equipe published a story the following day that Verratti and Matuidi had been partying two days before the second leg.
However, L’Equipe retracted their story this afternoon and published a formal apology to the PSG duo, claiming the story was “false” and was given to them by “external sources with bad intentions”.
Verratti accepted the apology via his Instagram account:
Translated, Verratti’s caption reads, “Apology accepted, no hard feelings.”
There had been reports in the media that the story had the potential to unsettle the Italy international, with the player’s agent previously mentioning Verratti could leave France due to intense media criticism.