Erling Haaland's dad breaks silence on clashing with Real Madrid fans

Erling Haaland’s dad insists he was removed from his seat for over celebrating Kevin De Bruyne’s equaliser in last night’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

Manchester City came from behind to earn a highly creditable first leg draw and will be the favourites to advance to next month’s final ahead of the return fixture at the Etihad Stadium.

The Premier League leaders had fallen behind to Vinicius Jr’s explosive first-half strike and were firmly on the back the foot when De Bruyne produced an equally venomous effort to level the tie midway through the second period.

After the game, footage emerged of Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, being escorted from his seat having goaded the home support by cupping his ear and sarcastically waving to the fans below him.

Reports claimed the 50-year-old, who acts as his son’s agent, also threw peanuts, while one of his companions was also seen mocking Real fans.

Reacting to the incident, Haaland tweeted: ‘Ok. RM was not happy we were celebrating KDB goal. Other than than that we had to move because RM fans not happy with 1-1.

Erling, meanwhile, endured a rare quiet evening during which he was unable to add to his incredible 51-goal tally this season.

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‘When they had lots of possession we were in control defensively, then when we started to play the ball we caused difficulties. We had to keep our positions defensively, then when we got the opportunity, we scored the first goal.’

Rudiger, meanwhile, is confident the holders will progress despite the fact they were pegged back by Kevin De Bruyne’s spectacular equaliser.

‘They got the goal quite late so we feel like we could have had more but it’s not a problem, the tie is definitely on and we can go to Manchester with confidence,’ said Rudiger.

‘At the end of the day they were not dangerous. They had a lot of possession, we knew this would happen, but they were not dangerous. The goal is quality from De Bruyne.’

Asked if he is confident Real Madrid can knock Manchester City out of the Champions League ahead of the second leg, Rudiger replied: ‘We are Real Madrid, we are always confident.’

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