PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi tried to enter the referee’s room following Real Madrid’s dramatic Champions League win and broke the linesman’s flag.
After Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring on Wednesday night, the French side took a 1-0 advantage to the Bernabeu and appeared to be cruising into the quarter-finals, but things changed abruptly near the hour mark.
PSG had been dominating possession until Karim Benzema chased down goalie Gianluigi Donnarumma and gave him a hard push, allowing him to send his pass right to Vinicius Junior, who squared it for Benzema to equalize.
The veteran French striker then scored two more quick goals to complete his hat-trick and seal a 3-2 aggregate victory as PSG disintegrated, eliciting loud celebrations in Madrid.
But after the game, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was furious with the decision to let Real’s first goal stand and felt Benzema had fouled Donnarumma.
According to the referee’s report following the match, both Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Leonardo headed straight down to the Bernabeu dressing room following the full-time whistle and tried to confront the officials.
AS quote a witness who says he saw a Madrid employee attempting to record the incident, causing Al-Khelaifi to hit their phone and shout: “I’m going to kill you.”
It was at this point that security staff were forced to intervene and calm the situation, with one source telling the publication they had never seen executives behave in that manner.
During the angry confrontation, Al-Khelaifi allegedly hit the assistant’s flag, breaking it.
Danny Makkelie, Wednesday’s referee, wrote 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.’
Al-Khelaifi also screamed and shouted at the Real employee who recorded the confrontation, demanding that he delete the video, and UEFA have already requested the footage so they can analyze it and determine any punishments.
Speaking to Canal+ after the game 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.’