UEFA clears al-Khelaifi, bans Leonardo in PSG investigation
UEFA cleared its own executive committee member Nasser al-Khelaifi of any punishment despite finding his club Paris Saint-Germain guilty of misconduct for confrontations with match officials after losing in the Champions League.
Media reports from the stadium said al-Khelaifi had to be calmed after trying to enter the locker room of referee Danny Makkelie of the Netherlands, who has since been selected by FIFA to work at the World Cup in Qatar.
UEFA published its disciplinary committee verdict late Friday, confirming charges of "violating the basic rules of decent conduct" and "unsporting conduct." However, the only sanction was a one-match ban from a UEFA competition match for Leonardo. The former PSG player and Brazil international was fired by the club last month.
UEFA did not provide reasons why al-Khelaifi was not cited in the disciplinary statement.
Al-Khelaifi joined UEFA's executive committee in 2019 representing clubs and was promoted to lead the influential European Club Association last year after the failed launch of the Super League.
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