France’s legendary sports newspaper L’Equipe is beaten for “Glorify Burglary” and “Normalize Attack” with a bizarre front page “Gentleman Burglars” on the terrible break-ins of PSG stars “Angel Di Maria” and “Marquinhos”
- Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos of Paris Saint-Germain had broken into their homes
- The Argentine was sent off and informed during the clash with Nantes
- L’Equipe published a front page on Tuesday describing the attackers as “gentlemen”.
- It has brought widespread condemnation from across the country and beyond
The French sports newspaper L’Equipe was sharply criticized for its front page, which featured the gruesome attacks on the houses of the Paris Saint-Germain duo Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos.
The couple had occupied their homes on Sunday night, holding the Argentine family hostage while taking € 500,000 worth of jewelry while the Brazilian father was attacked when their family home was entered.
After learning about PSG during the Ligue 1 clash with Nantes on Sunday night, sporting director Leonardo put a message on the contact line to get the former Manchester United star off the field.
This is the extraordinary moment when Angel Di Maria (left) was taken off the pitch during the PSG game with Nantes after his boss Mauricio Pochettino (right) learned that his player’s house had been broken into, and then the terrible ones Had to share news on the contact line
L’Equipe made a front page showing the attacks on Tuesday morning, an image that has been heavily criticized
He was shown through the tunnel by his manager Mauricio Pochettino and informed of the attack in the locker rooms before leaving the floor to reunite with his family.
On Tuesday morning, however, L’Equipe showed the scenes from the break-ins on its front page next to the headline: “Gentlemen Burglars”.
The picture was captured with an incredulous response, slamming the publication for “normalizing the attack” and even “glorifying” the events with such a non-contact front page.
One user wrote: ‘L’Equipe shows us on its front page that France is a lawless country where violence and aggression reign. They glorify burglary.
“Family members have broken their ribs and it’s from a gentleman to you, we hope these gentlemen visit your family.”
Di Maria is pictured with his wife Jorgelina Cardoso and his two young daughters, who are said to be involved in the “violent break-in” in his house in Paris on Sunday evening
Marquinhos ‘(second from left) had broken into his parents’ house and reports in France reported that his father Marcos (shown in the center in white) was hit in the face, chest and ribs by intruders
Another was equally outraged and wrote: “In France, if we are successful in life, we find it normal to be attacked or broken into.”
At the events on Sunday, PSG decided to pay security guards around the clock for every player in the capital.
The PSG team’s two stars, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, are already using security at their own expense but the club will make sure all players are properly protected for the time being.
French prosecutors confirmed they have opened an investigation into the break-ins and whether they are linked.
Marquinhos played the full 90 minutes during the defeat by Nantes at Parc des Princes and was only made aware of the attack after the full-time whistle.
He later went to Instagram to confirm his family was fine.