How many matches will Marco Verratti miss after getting sent off?
PSG hosted Reims at the Parc des Princes and allowed the visitors to earn one point after drawing 1-1 against the 12th-place Ligue 1 side. Paris Saint-Germain led the game up to the 95th minute and already into added time, only for Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun to snatch a misplaced pass and score the game-tying goal in the last seconds of injury time.
With coach Christophe Galtier starting to feel the heat, changes might be coming soon. One of those will be forced in the next two matches, though, after Marco Verratti returned against Reims but got sent off just 15 minutes into his appearance off the bench.
According to the league rules, Verratti could have missed as many as three games because he saw a straight red card. The referee showed him a yellow card, but after the VAR reviewed Verratti's tackle it was changed to a red and the subsequent sent off.
Following an appeal made by PSG after the game, based on the player from Reims not suffering an injury or getting damaged by the tackle, the French discipline body has lowered the suspension to a two-match ban.
PSG face Montpellier on Wednesday, Feb. 1 as part of the 21st gameday of the Ligue 1 season and will then take on Toulouse on Saturday, Feb. 4. Verratti will miss those two games, both of them taking place on this same week.
The Italy international is expected to return to the PSG starting lineup for the clash against Olympique Marseille (French Cup, Round of 16) on Wedneday, Feb. 8. He should have been banned for that game too, but he avoided the three-match ban and will therefore be available for Christophe Galtier next Wednesday in one of the most important matches on PSG's schedule this month.
PSG will play Monaco the following Saturday (Feb. 11) before hosting Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes on the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 matchups on Tuesday, Feb. 14.