PSG chief broke linesman's flag in furious confrontation after Real Madrid loss

Paris Saint-Germain 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.

The French side 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 night, though things changed dramatically on the hour mark.

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

The veteran French striker then netted two more quick-fire goals to complete his hat-trick and seal a 3-2 aggregate win as PSG imploded, sparking wild scenes of celebration in the Spanish capital.

But after the game PSG were 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.

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

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.’

Marca claim 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 analyse 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.’

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