Zlatan Ibrahimovic is never far from controversy and he was in the thick of it again on Tuesday night as play was held up for 10 minutes while St. Etienne fans hurled objects at the Swedish striker.
The 33-year-old chested the ball into the net from close-range only for it to be quickly batted out by St. Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier – causing several fans of Les Verts to think it had not crossed the line.
France is one of the only major European footballing countries not to have implemented goal-line technology yet so the decision had to be made just from the referees memory of the incident.
So when the referee announced that the goal would stand fans took out their frustration by hurling water bottles and other small objects onto the pitch. The disruption was so extensive that officials had to hold up play for 10 minutes while St. Etienne coach Christophe Galtier and his staff encouraged home fans to calm down.
Video replays clearly showed that the ball had actually crossed the line but those in the stadium would have no access to such material.
And the event happened so quickly that their frustration can be understood – but most of them probably felt quite foolish after watching the highlights when they got home!
The win sends PSG into the semi-finals of the tournament as they look to win the tournament for a second successive season.
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