Paris Saint-Germain players might have been hoping to move on quickly from Wednesday night’s humiliation in Barcelona, but their fans were in no mood to let them forget.
The French champions conceded three goals in the dying minutes at Camp Nou to crash out of the Champions League 6-5 on aggregate. Upon their return to Paris, they were confronted with angry fans demanding answers for allowing Luis Enrique’s side pull off the biggest two-legged European Cup comeback of all time.
The players, club staff and their families were forced to flee in the midst of the aggression, which in turn led to Thiago Motta hitting one of the gathering crowd with his car as he attempted to block the midfielder’s escape.
PSG fans confronting the players at the airport. Thiago Motta rammed his car into a fan?? pic.twitter.com/GjgwItElE1
— Juan Direction (@JuanDirection58) March 9, 2017
In response to the ugly scenes, PSG released a statement condemning the actions of those involved in threatening the players and their families:
“On Wednesday night, upon their return from Barcelona, the Paris St Germain players were confronted and threatened by several individuals at Bourget Airport, despite the club and authorities reinforcing security.
“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. One individual was struck by a car trying to escape the crowd that was physically threatening the players and their families.
“A police investigation is under way to establish exactly what happened.
“The club, and all those present, have informed the investigators of their readiness to help the investigation, to get to the bottom of this regrettable incident.
“The club strongly condemns the actions and behaviour of the individuals in question.”
It remains to be seen what action the club will take against the individuals in question – in the meantime, manager Unai Emery must find some way of picking his demoralised staff up for the remainder of their Ligue 1 campaign.