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UEFA fine PSG and ban former sporting director Leonardo for reaction to Real Madrid loss - The Athletic

UEFA have fined Paris Saint-Germain €8000 and banned former sporting director Leonardo for one match following incidents at the end of their Champions League...

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UEFA have fined Paris Saint-Germain €8000 and banned former sporting director Leonardo for one match following incidents at the end of their Champions League knockout game against Real Madrid in March.

PSG lost the tie 3-2 on aggregate, despite leading 2-0 with less than 30 minutes remaining.

Leonardo left the club last week following a major review by club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi which will also see Mauricio Pochettino depart.

The punishments handed down by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body stem from events on March 9.

The Athletic understands Al-Khelaifi and Leonardo went to the referees’ room at the Santiago Bernabeu to complain about the award of Real’s first goal, believing that goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma had been fouled in the build-up.

PSG were initially fined €16000 on June 2, but appealed the decision.

A UEFA statement read: “The appeal lodged by Paris Saint-Germain is partially upheld. Consequently, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of March 2 is amended as follows.

“To fine Paris Saint-Germain €8000 for blocking of public passageways. The CEBD had decided, inter alia, to fine Paris Saint-Germain €16000 for blocking of public passageways.”

Leonardo has also been banned for one game. The former AC Milan midfielder was appointed as PSG’s sporting director for the second time in July 2019. Al-Khelaifi has been cleared.

Leonardo, who also played for PSG in the 1996-97 season, had previously held the role between July 2011 and July 2013.

The Athletic understands the club is undergoing a thorough process and considering various candidates to replace Pochettino, of which Nice’s Christophe Galtier is one, while sources close to PSG denied links that emerged last Friday claiming that Zinedine Zidane was close to an agreement.

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