PSG chief broke linesman’s flag in furious dressing room confrontation after Madrid defeat

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi tried to enter the referee’s room after Real Madrid’s Champions League victory and broke the linesman’s flag.

The French club took a 1-0 lead to the Bernabeu and appeared to be cruising into the quarter-finals after Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring on Wednesday, though things changed on the hour mark.




PSG had been keeping the ball with ease until Benzema chased down goalkeeper Donnarumma, giving him a big barge to send his pass to Vinicius Junior, who squared it for Benzema to pull a goal back.

The veteran French forward then netted two more quick-fire goals to complete his hat-trick and seal a 3-2 aggregate win as PSG fell flat, sparking wild scenes of celebration in Spain.




But after the match PSG were furious with the decision to let Real Madrid’s first goal stand and felt Benzema had fouled Donnarumma.

According to the referee’s report after the game, both Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Leonardo headed straight down to the Bernabeu dressing room after the full-time whistle and tried to confront the officials.

During the confrontation, Al-Khelaifi hit the assistant’s flag, breaking it, and Marca claim the whole incident was recorded by a Madrid employee.

Danny Makkelie, Wednesday’s referee, wrote down in his report: ‘After the game, the PSG president and sporting director – Leonardo – showed aggressive behaviour and tried to enter the officials’ locker room.




‘They blocked the door and the president deliberately hit the flag of one of the assistants, breaking it.’

Marca claim Al-Khelaifi also screamed and shouted at the Real employee who recorded the incident, demanding that he delete the video, and UEFA have also requested the footage so they can analyse it and determine any punishments.

Speaking to Canal+ after the clash about the challenge on Donnarumma, Leonardo said: ‘The decision on Donnarumma is not fair.

‘The foul exists and it is clear. It’s impossible not to consult VAR. But I’m not looking for excuses. We’ll have to see what we did.’

JB

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