PSG president Al-Khelaifi breaks into referee room, destroys equipment in outburst after Champions League loss to Real Madrid
Nasser Al-Khelaifi Paris Saint-Germain president broke into the referee’s dressing room and broke equipment after his side were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid.
A reports by ESPN verified by multiple reports makes the claims.
Madrid overturned a two-goal deficit in the last-16 second leg, with Karim Benzema’s second-half hat-trick sealing a 3-2 aggregate victory for Madrid.
Al-Khelaifi’s outburst was documented in the referee’s report, which also stated that PSG director of football Leonardo was joined him.
Al-Khelaifi and Leonardo “behaved aggressively and tried to enter the referee’s dressing room,” according to the report.
“When the referee asked them to leave, the president hit a piece of the assistant’s equipment, breaking it.”
The ESPN report states that a source says they had “never seen club executives behave like that.”
According to Spanish publication Marca, Al-Khelaifi’s behavior was recorded by a Real Madrid employee possibly club delegate Mejia Davila, whose office Al-Khelaifi initially, mistakenly entered first who will likely send the footage to UEFA to study for a possible punishment.
After the match, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino said:
“To concede the goal that we concede, the VAR has given the goal…It’s unbelievable. “It’s impossible to accept because it was a clear foul.”