After the humiliation of letting in six goals against Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Motta’s night went from bad to worse after he hit a supporter with his sportscar after flying back home early Thursday.
Around 30 supporters, furious about the team’s defeat, were waiting for the Paris players as they emerged from Le Bourget airport outside the French capital in the early hours of Thursday morning.
In chaotic scenes, Italian international Motta’s car accelerated as supporters and photographers obstructed the road. One man banged on his vehicle and was struck by the car.
He was taken to hospital but his injuries were minor, a police source told AFP. The injured fan later filed a formal complaint over the incident.
An investigation has been opened by French border police but Motta has not yet been questioned and no arrests have been made, a police source added.
The Paris Ultras Collective (CUP) supporter group insisted they were not to blame for the chaos, stressing they had “nothing to do with what happened at Le Bourget airport upon the team’s return”.
“We’re not those who give back their jersey at the first sign of difficulty. Like we always have been, we are behind the club, the president, the coaching staff and the players to lift titles and cups, then come back stronger next season,” the group said in a statement sent to AFP.
The 6-1 defeat by Barcelona in the Nou Camp and the exit from the last 16 of the competition was a historic defeat for Qatari-owned PSG after they had won the first leg 4-0 in Paris, and has left coach Unai Emery fighting for his job.