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More Copa Del Rey LIVE action this Thursday as Spanish heavyweights Barcelona host Mallorca in this 1st-leg semi-final.

Mateja Kezman has been summoned to appear before the Paris St Germain board to explain his shirt-throwing gesture during Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat by Bordeaux in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-final at the Parc des Princes.

The Serbian striker was substituted in the 59th minute of the match and as he was being substituted, Kezman tossed his jersey on the ground before jogging past the PSG bench and straight down the tunnel.

The striker issued an immediate apology but the club are keen to pursue the matter.

A PSG statement read: “Following the meeting between PSG and Bordeaux, Mateja Kezman will on Friday meet the coach (Paul Le Guen) as well as the club’s board to explain his gesture.

“The club will then reveal the subsequent sanctions.”

Kezman has been unable to secure a regular place in PSG’s starting line-up since joining the club last summer, and has often been the subject of verbal abuse from supporters.

He admitted that partly explained his reaction.

“I made a mistake. Maybe something like that has never happened here, but I am a person with a strong character living one of the most difficult moments of my football life since arriving here,” he said. “Everyone needs to know that this has nothing to do with the club, the fans or the shirt; this was a reaction of anger at myself.

“It is not like me to miss this kind of chance and to get this kind of welcome from the fans. I will do my best in the future to improve myself for the club… I am sad that the fans are only seeing 10% of the real Mateja Kezman at the moment.

“But it is not my fault, there are other things in life and maybe when you get all these things in front of you, you get this kind of reaction.”

Le Guen was shocked by Kezman’s gesture, saying the player had “shown a lack of respect for the shirt and a lack of respect for me”.

He added: “I will have a discussion with him but he will, of course, be sanctioned by the club.”

When asked if Kezman had played his last game for PSG, Le Guen said: “We will see. We have to talk to him but it was unacceptable.”

More Copa Del Rey LIVE action this Thursday as Spanish heavyweights Barcelona host Mallorca in this 1st-leg semi-final.

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