UEFA have opened a disciplinary case against Leonardo and Nasser Al-Khelaifi following reports that the pair reacted angrily to Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
PSG went into the second leg 1-0 up and scored first to make it 2-0 on aggregate before half time. However, a spectacular collapse followed with Karim Benzema netting a quick-fire hat trick to send Mauricio Pochettino’s side out at the last-16 stage.
The capitulation was instigated by a Gianluigi Donnarumma error. The Italian was too casual in possession with Benzema nicking the ball off him before Vinicius Junior squared for the Frenchman to score.
Those in the PSG camp contended that Donnarumma was fouled in the build-up, and after the game sporting director Leonardo and president Al-Khelaifi are alleged to have tried to gain entry to the referees room to plead their case. Some reports go as far as to suggesting the duo had to be physically removed from the room.
According to L’Equipe, the pair will now be investigated by UEFA over the behaviour at the game and sanctions could follow.
In the aftermath of the defeat it was also alleged that Neymar and Donnarumma had been involved in the changing-room fracas. This has since been denied by both players.
PSG’s elimination from the Champions League leaves Pochettino’s position in serious doubt. He is widely expected to depart the French capital at the end of the season, if not sooner, and 90min understands that the former Spurs boss remains a target for Manchester United.
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