French club Paris St Germain were reduced to 9 men after David Beckham was sent off just a few minutes after coming on as a substitute. PSG were playing against Evian in the French league and they were leading 1-0 in the match after just 50 min following a goal from Javier Pastore. However, they had defensive midfielder Marco Verratti sent off for a second yellow card. Just when it seemed that things could not get worse for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, Beckham was given a straight red minutes after coming on for a lunge on the Evian player, Youssef Adnane.
After the match, PSG sporting director Leonardo criticised the decision of the referee to give a straight red to Beckham because it was totally unfair. He said that the referee also made several mistakes over the course of the match, but PSG managed to hold on to the victory that has put them one step closer to the title. There was also other dismissals in the match after assistant manager Claude Makelele was sent to the stands as well. Beckham has been at PSG last few months after signing in January on a five month deal. Carlo Ancelotti has been calling for the contract of the former England international to be extended.
“It was always a very tense match. Nobody wanted to lose, especially Evian, who are struggling to stay up. I also believe that our team is really tired at the end of the season,” said Leonardo. As a result of the victory over Evian, PSG have been able to maintain their top position in the league. They are also having a nine-point advantage over second placed Marseille. There are only four games left in the season, which has made PSG the unofficial champions France for the first time.