The president of PSG obviously did not appreciate the decision of Mr. Kuipers following the slight contact between Layvin Kurzawa and Frenkie de Jong.
Nasser Al-Khelaïfi had an eventful stay at Barcelona. The tone had been set upon his arrival at the hotel of the Parisian delegation where the president of the PSG was greeted with insults from Barcelona supporters present. It was also in Barcelona that the Qatari leader learned of the Swiss prosecutor’s decision to appeal the acquittal he had received in a case of TV rights granted to BeIN Sports.
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The Parisian president therefore believed that this trip to Catalonia, on the occasion of the knockout stages of the Champions League, would once again turn into a nightmare, four years after the disastrous comeback. Because despite a balanced start to the match between Barça and PSG, with several opportunities for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, it was the Blaugrana who opened the scoring. The fault of a penalty awarded to the Catalans after a slight contact between Layvin Kurzawa and Frenkie de Jong.
He didn’t see Messi’s goal
Mr. Kuipers did not seem to hesitate for a second when it came time to designate the penalty spot. What provoke the incomprehension of the Parisian players, but also of their president. According to Mundo Deportivo, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi has indeed fulminated after the whistle of the Dutch referee. NAK first applauded Barça’s management committee chairman Carles Tusquets, then made an ironic comment to Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA general secretary. And this before getting up from his seat to leave the platform.
The president of PSG has therefore not even seen Lionel Messi transform the sentence. The former tennis player nevertheless quickly made his comeback and had already returned when Kylian Mbappé equalized, just minutes after the opening of the scoring. He nevertheless continued to show his displeasure by speaking only to Leonardo. Before quickly found the smile after the coup of his troops.
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