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Livid Al-Khelaifi barges into referee's dressing room post-game

The PSG club president was furious following his sides elimination at the Bernabéu and had a post-game altercation with a Madrid club employee who filmed the Qatari.

Update:
Paris Saint-Germain's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino (L), Paris Saint-Germain's Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian sporting director Leonardo (R) attend a training session at the Santiago Ber
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Paris St Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino believes goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was fouled in the build-up to Real Madrid's first goal as his side lost Wednesday's Champions League last-16 clash 3-1, describing it as a "great injustice".

PSG forward Kylian Mbappe struck first in the second leg to put the French side 2-0 up on aggregate, but Karim Benzema scored in the 61st minute after an error from Donnarumma who mishandled the ball inside the area.

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 09: Karim Benzema (R) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball
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MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 09: Karim Benzema (R) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ballGonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images

Benzema went on to score two more goals in quick succession as Real reached the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win, but Pochettino said the Frenchman's first goal should not have stood.

"I have a feeling of great injustice because of the goal conceded after a clear foul by Benzema on Donnarumma, and from then on everyone's emotional state changed," Pochettino said.

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Post game fury

Reporting post-game, Mónica Marchante (Movistar +) claimed that PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi lost his temper right after the match and immediately after the final whistle headed towards the dressing rooms looking for match official Danny Makkelie.

In the official referee report, the Dutchman states: "The president and technical director of PSG showed aggressive behavior and tried to enter the referees' dressing room. When the referee asked them to leave, they blocked the door and the president deliberately hit the flag of one of the assistants, breaking it in the process."

"The whole episode was frankly unpleasant," said Marchante, who added that those present had to ask for help to try to calm Al-Khelaïfi down. Minutes later, Cadena SER gave more details with reporter Javier Herráez claiming that a Real Madrid club employee who recorded the incident with his cell phone, was approached by Al-Khelaïfi threatening him claiming: "I'm going to kill you".

In the end, PSG sent a protocol employee to diffuse the situation and apologize to the referees and Real Madrid staff members.

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