UEFA launches disciplinary proceedings against PSG boss Al-Khelaifi after defeat by Real Madrid

UEFA launched disciplinary proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaifi over heated incidents following the team’s Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.

PSG boss Nasser Al Khelaifi in trouble as UEFA open disciplinary proceedings (Reuters Photo)

PSG boss Nasser Al Khelaifi in trouble as UEFA open disciplinary proceedings (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UEFA launches disciplinary proceedings against PSG boss Al-Khelaifi after defeat by Real Madrid
  • Disciplinary proceedings confirmed by UEFA have been opened without providing the details
  • PSG were beaten 3-1 in Madrid and left the round of 16 with a 2-3 aggregate defeat

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Paris St Germain President Nasser Al Khelaifi and sporting director Leonardo following Wednesday’s 3-1 Champions League defeat by Real Madrid.

The Qatari is also a member of the UEFA Executive Committee, chairman of the influential European Club Association and head of the Doha-based beIN Media Group – a key holder of television rights for the Champions League.

The disciplinary case, which includes sporting director Leonardo, followed reports that Al-Khelaifi was on Wednesday night looking for match officials to protest the referees’ decisions.

“We confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened. UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will make a decision in due course,” the governing body of European football told Reuters.

PSG were beaten 3-1 in Madrid and left the round of 16 with a 2-3 aggregate defeat. The French side had led 1-0 from the first leg and Kylian Mbappe scored again in Madrid to give PSG a 2-0 aggregate lead only to be wiped out by Karim Benzema, who scored a hat-trick.

UEFA confirmed that disciplinary proceedings had been opened, without giving details.

The French dominated possession and led 1-0 until Karim Benzema equalized in the 61st minute, a goal PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said should not be allowed after goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was fouled in the build-up.

PSG, who lost the round of 16 3-2 on aggregate, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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