PSG have confirmed reports of an incident at Le Bourget Airport in the early hours of Thursday morning when the team returned to the France following their Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona.
Unai Emery’s men were unbelievably beaten 6-1 at Camp Nou as the La Liga champions sealed a historic 6-5 aggregate win, which prompted furious reactions when the team touched down in Paris.
A group of angry fans were waiting for the players and then heckled them as they tried to leave the airport in a hurry.
“These individuals verbally insulted the players before vandalising their cars,” read an official PSG statement. “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.”
The Ligue 1 giants also added that “a police investigation is underway to establish exactly what happened” and assured their “readiness” to help figure out exactly what happened.
Midfielder Thiago Motta, who did not play in either leg of the Champions League last-16 clash, was recorded on video bumping into one of the supporters present in his car.
The Italian footballer’s agent, Alessandro Canovi, confirmed to Le Parisien that his client was confronted as he was trying to escape but denied any intention to run over the fan.
“Thiago was stopped,” explained Canovi. “His wife was by his side and supporters were beating on the roof and the sides of the car.
“He wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible. He moved forward but did not feel like he ran the fan over. If he did hit someone, we are sorry but it has not been proven.”
Canovi also made it clear that after the fan threatened to press charges, Motta himself attempted to smooth things over.