Erling Haaland’s father accuses PSG stars of lacking class

Date published: Thursday 12th March 2020 8:40 - Nestor Watach

Erling Braut Haaland‘s father, former Manchester City and Leeds United midfielder Alf-Inge, has sarcastically criticised PSG’s players after they mocked his son.

The French champions overturned a 2-1 defeat in Germany to make it through to the Champions League quarter-finals, beating Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Norway international scored both goals for Dortmund in the first leg, marking the goals with his trademark ‘praying’ celebration in which he sits down, crosses his legs and points his hands upward.

After the second-leg turnaround, PSG stars including Neymar and Kylian Mbappe copied his celebration as they looked to mock the teenager.

“Goodbye beautiful Paris,” Haaland senior tweeted, responding to footage of the PSG player’s dressing room celebrations.

“Shame about the result, but well deserved on the day. All the best, showing class on and off the pitch.”

His son was up to ten goals in the Champions League, having scored eight in the group stage for former club RB Salzburg, before adding two more for Dortmund following his January move.

Haaland has emerged as one of European football’s hottest prospects this season, and has further underlined his potential following an excellent start to life with Dortmund, with 12 goals in his first 11 appearances for the club.

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