Fans of Paris Saint-Germain were upset, justifiably so, when their team collapsed in epic fashion in its Round of 16 Champions League tie against Spanish giants Barcelona. But while their angst is justifiable, did they really have to terrorize PSG players when they arrived back in Paris?
Because that’s pretty much what happened early Thursday morning.
The second leg of the Barcelona-PSG tie featured perhaps the greatest comeback in sports history (apologies to the Patriots). PSG went into Spain with a four-goal lead, thanks to its 4-0 win a home in the first leg. On Wednesday, Barcelona triumphed 6-1, scoring three goals after the 88th minute, and advanced to the quarterfinals, 6-5 on aggregate.
Here is video of all six Barca goals.
Robbed of their Champions League season, a mob of PSG fans greeted players at Le Bourget Airport. The team was anticipating fans being there, although it may not have been totally prepared for all that happened.
“As the beaten stars tried to leave the airport after 5am, they were heckled and confronted by supporters despite heavy security,” The Sun reports.
PSG said in a press release, “These individuals verbally insulted the players before vandalising their cars. Several vehicles were damaged. In this extremely hostile and aggressive climate, all vehicles were escorted to ensure the safe passage of the players, their families and club staff members.”
Here’s a small sampling of the madness:
The team’s statement continued, “One individual was struck by a car trying to escape the crowd that was physically threatening the players and their families.”
Their families? Really?
The fan the team mentioned in its statement was hospitalized after being hit by the vehicle Thiago Motta was driving, according to a separate report in The Sun.
A police investigation is underway.