David Beckham saw red as nine-man Paris Saint-Germain edged Evian Thonon Gaillard, 1-0, in a bad-tempered Ligue 1 affair which saw fighting break out after the final whistle. Beckham, who came on as a substitute in the 83rd-minute, was shown a straight red card three minutes into stoppage time for a studs-up lunge at Evian substitute Youssef Adnane. Twelve minutes earlier, teammate Marco Verratti had been dismissed for a second yellow card.
The scenes toward the end overshadowed the play on the field, with PSG assistant Claude Makelele being sent to the stands for arguing with the referee, and then PSG goalie Salvatore Sirigu and Evian striker Saber Khalifa were both shown straight reds for fighting after the final whistle. In the end, Javier Pastore’s 50th-minute strike proved to be the difference.
After the game, PSG Sporting Director Leonardo said referee Olivier Thual “lacked lucidity.” The Brazilian told Le Parisien, "He made mistakes. The red card shown to Beckham, for example, was really unfair. It was always a very tense match. Nobody wanted to lose -- especially not Evian, who are struggling to stay up. I also believe that our team is really tired at the end of the season."
The win kept PSG on course for the Ligue 1 title; a win at home against Valenciennes next weekend would clinch its first championship in 19 years.