Speaking in an exclusive interview with Get French Football News, Toulouse central defender Ruben Gabrielsen discussed PSG’s mocking of his former team-mate Erling Braut Haaland’s meditation celebration after knocking him and Dortmund out of the Champions’ League in one of the final matches played before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
“They gained respect [for him] in my eyes – they were so afraid of him! When you do that kind of stuff after a game, it’s just a petty way to show respect, you know. Because, it’s like, we know you, we see you, we have respect for you, but now you’re out. When you pick on a 17-18 year-old boy, it’s respect; they know that he’s a great player.”
“And that celebration is nothing new. He didn’t just do it to them, he did it in Norway! For me, I was seeing the picture and thinking “Yeah, they were afraid of him, that’s why they did it.” And I think Erling sees it that way as well, so it’s no problem. It was fun!”