PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was unable to contain his anger following an aggregate 3-2 loss to Real Madrid by storming into the referee’s dressing room and breaking equipment according to the referee’s report.
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.
It was the first of Benzema’s three goals that enraged PSG, who felt Benzema should have been called for a foul on goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the build-up.
Al-Khelaifi’s outburst was documented in the referee’s report, as he “behaved aggressively and tried to enter the referee’s dressing room. When the referee asked them to leave, the president hit a piece of the assistant’s equipment, breaking it.”
According to Marca, Al-Khelaifi’s behaviour was recorded by a Real Madrid employee, who will likely send the footage to UEFA to study for possible punishment.
“The decision on Donnarumma is not fair,” Leonardo said after the game to Canal+. “The foul exists and it is clear. It’s impossible not to consult the VAR.
“But I’m not looking for excuses. We’ll have to see what we did.”
In the same vein, Paris Saint-Germain’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino admitted that his team collapsed at some point during the game but cannot explain why. At the same time, he blamed his players for failing to manage the game very well.
“Qualification was decided in the 10 minutes,” Pochettino told RMC Sport, via Get French Football News.
“We were the best team over the two games. Football is about managing match moments well. It’s true that we’ve collapsed a bit. It’s impossible to explain.
“When you concede a goal like we did, the game changes, the state of mind in the stadium as well,” Pochettino continued.
Pochettino, who was sacked by Premier League side, Tottenham and was without a job for months before being hired by PSG, is widely reported as the leading candidate to take over at Manchester United on a permanent basis in the summer.