After Real Madrid completed their first Remontada of their historic run to the 2021/22 Champions League title, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Leonardo did not take too kindly to losing fair-and-square by a scoreline of 3-1 and 3-2 on aggregate.
Karim Benzema‘s rapid-fire, second-half hat-trick to lift the Merengues was apparently too much for these two “businessmen” to handle. They reportedly threw a tantrum and behaved like children, breaking objects, throwing a phone, and even threatening a Real Madrid staff member.
Al-Khelaifi, the PSG president facing corruption charges for his role in “FIFAgate”, was apparently the main instigator in all this. He is also the chair of the ECA, giving him major power in UEFA, on top of the power he has as the chairman of beIN, which affords him further control in Ligue 1. Al-Khelaifi is powerful in football and politics.
Thus, according to MARCA, we shouldn’t be surprised that he is not suffering any repercussions for his threatening and violent behavior in the aftermath of his team’s loss to Real Madrid. You would respect someone who is an executive for multiple powerful organizations to have more decor and to at least not act like a ghoul, but, well, who needs tact when you have systems absolving you of any accountability.
PSG and Qatar have UEFA fully in their grasp
It is interesting that Leonardo has been punished in all of this. His role in the incident was reported to be minor, and, most importantly, the incompetent sporting director is now no longer working for PSG. Kylian Mbappe already pushed him out with the decision-making power he received in his unprecedented contract from the club. Therefore, how can Leonardo even serve this suspension?
And he was the only one punished.
This is the face of corruption. By all accounts, including from neutral parties, Al-Khelaifi behaved extremely inappropriately. Yet because he holds powerful positions, specifically in UEFA, he will not face any consequences for his actions.
Really, this is just the latest example of Al-Khelaifi and PSG getting preferential treatment from the UEFA monopoly and their president Aleksander Ceferin, who seems to have a great relationship with the beIN chairman.
LaLiga president Javier Tebas has submitted a formal complaint about PSG’s monopolistic, unmitigated spending, which will surely go nowhere because he is complaining to UEFA. They are the organization that enabled PSG to make a bevy of signings and swell their payroll to even greater heights with the Lionel Messi deal, and they did not have to make any sales to offset those incoming deals.
What even is FFP?
A joke, now. PSG are funded by Qatar, have the World Cup, and now have both French football and UEFA. That they were able to give Kylian Mbappe a record-shattering contract and apply such political pressure is another example of how they are beyond reproach.
PSG has already greatly hurt Ligue 1. And now, they want to tip the balance of the UEFA Champions League as far as possible in their favor. That is what Qatar needs to “prove” their sportswashing project is a success.
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This may seem like a small deal, but it is the latest domino to fall in UEFA’s path to handing the spirit of elite football in Europe to a corrupt sportswashing project that bribed its way into a World Cup that has literally cost at least 6,500 lives to run.