Paris Saint-Germain will investigate Gregory van der Wiel after the defender confronted a young man who shouted “go Marseille” in the streets of the French capital.
Footage has emerged of the incident - which you can check out below - as Van der Wiel leans his head towards the beaming youngster in a threatening manner. The Dutch international then retreats to a car while the young lad joins his laughing friends.
It’s another distraction for PSG, who earlier this month suspended full-back Serge Aurier after the Ivorian aimed homophobic slurs at his manager, Laurent Blanc.
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Check out Van der Wiel’s outburst below.
Van der Wiel clearly doesn’t take too well to banter.
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You’ve got to hand it to the young Marseille fan. Most, in that moment, would have forgotten their allegiance to their favourite team and asked the defender for an autograph.
He even has the swagger to laugh while confronted. He isn’t fazed even in the face of an infuriated professional football player. The lad will go far in life.
It’s been a turbulent season for Van der Wiel. In September, he revealed his anger at being punished by PSG for refusing to participate in a post-match warm down.
The former Ajax defender told Goal - as per ESPN - that he didn’t take part because he didn’t want to reignite a previous injury.
The 28-year-old said: “That week I had some problems with my Achilles tendon and it restarted, but apparently that wasn’t clear for the staff.
“When they wanted me to do some exercises after the match, I thought it would be better if I rested because of my Achilles tendon. They took that as a refusal and I was punished for it.
“It’s not a way to treat people, but there’s no sense in criticising or getting angry.”
Van der Wiel was also on the receiving end of Aurier’s outbursts. As well as hitting out at Blanc and teammates Angel di Maria and Salvatore Sirigu on Periscope, the defender described his fellow right-back as “wetter than wet”.
Despite Aurier’s indefinite suspension, Van der Wiel remains stuck on PSG’s bench and is behind Marquinhos - a traditional centre-back - in the pecking order.
No wonder he’s so frustrated.
If PSG decide to punish the Dutchman - it would be harsh to do so. They certainly wouldn’t discipline Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a similar offence - it would leave their Champions League hopes in jeopardy.
Marquinhos is a fine talent but should PSG meet Barcelona or Real Madrid at some stage in the tournament, Neymar or Cristiano Ronaldo would have a field day.
Eden Hazard would enjoy success too, if he wasn’t struggling from an alarming loss of form. The winger was pretty much absent from Chelsea’s first leg clash against PSG and was replaced after 71 minutes
The Belgian will get the opportunity to best Marquinhos again in next month’s return fixture at Stamford Bridge.
In the meantime, Blanc must be wondering what on earth has gotten into his right-backs.
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