David Beckham and his eldest son, Brooklyn, were in attendance at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to watch the Champions League last-16 second leg between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
And, according to an exclusive report in The Times today, the Beckhams were involved in a row with a Chelsea vice-president after they celebrated PSG’s opening goal.
Following Adrien Rabiot’s close-range tap-in, Brooklyn reportedly jumped out of his seat while David applauded. They were subsequently told by IT entrepreneur, Joe Hemani, to calm down.
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Hemani was then reprimanded by security staff following the incident, which happened in the directors’ box, although the club and vice-president deny that any rude language or gestures were used towards the former England captain.
Beckham is understood to have remained “composed” throughout the altercation, which was dealt with swiftly by security staff.
More words were exchanged when the Beckhams walked past Hemani at half-time, but no further incidents occurred in the second half.
Beckham ended his career at PSG
That Beckham wanted PSG to win the match should have come as no surprise to Hemani.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star spent the final year of his career with the French outfit. It was at the Parc des Princes where he played his final match as a professional footballer and was given an emotional send-off by his teammates and supporters.
Hemani may have expected Beckham to side with Chelsea on Wednesday, given the fact he was in the Stamford Bridge directors’ box and was born in Leytonstone, but this was never going to happen.
PSG outclassed Chelsea
David and Brooklyn got the result they were hoping for: a 2-1 win for PSG, who secured a 4-2 aggregate victory over their English opponents.
The Parisians, who boast a fabulous team of players, must now be considered genuine contenders for the Champions League title.
They are currently fourth favourites to win European football’s most prestigious trophy, behind Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and favourites Barcelona.
Blanc surprised by ease of the victory
PSG boss Laurent Blanc was surprised how easily his team managed to beat Chelsea, who were outclassed by their opponents this week.
“We were preparing for a tough match and we were right to do so,” the French coach was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail after the match. “We didn't necessarily think we were able to put in such a good performance away from home, so that is very pleasing.
“We controlled the game and that allowed us to have an easier night than we perhaps expected to.”
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