They want to do “shake the walls“behind closed doors. The Collectif ultras Paris (CUP), the main group of PSG fans, called for a meeting at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday in front of the Auteuil grandstand, where it is used, two hours before kick-off of the Champions League round of 16 return against Borussia Dortmund.
The 12th man wants to be heard
“Let us shake the spans of our lair which will be sadly empty. From the outside we will play our role as 12th man“wrote the CUP on Tuesday evening on Twitter, urging”Parisian people” to one “unprecedented mobilization“. Mission: to ensure that”players can hear us from the outside“As reported by AFP a familiar with the turn, in order to overthrow the Borussia (2-1 winner on the outward leg) and reach the quarter-finals after three consecutive failures.”I do not know how we are going to stall, we do not want to push people to fuck the mess, but it is important that the supporters come around the stadium to push the team and that they hear us!“, abounded CUP president Romain Mabille at the microphone of Europe 1.
The police headquarters confirmed to AFP the request filed by the CUP and plan “a suitable device to secure this gathering“Without saying more. Tuesday late afternoon, three police trucks were parked near the enclosure, and barriers were placed around it, said an AFP photographer. wall to meet the “Yellow wall“, the very noisy Dortmund kop which had pushed its players to beat PSG (2-1) on the way out: Parisian supporters have thus chosen to defy the prohibitions on limiting meetings, in the midst of a coronavirus epidemic in France.
Government's decision to ban gatherings of more than 1,000 people to combat the spread of Covid-19 “will not stop people from gathering. They will go elsewhere, next to the stadium or in bars,” says James. Rophé, subscriber to the Park. “In Paris, the metro, department stores, museums … are not closed“he continues, announcing his”misunderstanding“in front of this camera which deprives PSG of its noisiest asset for the most important match of its season.
The inhabitants of the wealthy 16th arrondissement of the capital could have the atmosphere of the Park under their windows, if the call to gather is followed. Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu, who herself had to go to the Park before the announcement of the closed session, urged the ultras to “responsibility” Tuesday. “Get together to show support for the core team, why not, but pay attention to the rules of security and personal responsibility to avoid spreading the virus“she said, calling for”avoid any impact on public order which could be harmful to supporters and the neighborhoods around the stadium“.
“Given the current context, we ask you to have an irreproachable state of mind and no misconduct will be tolerated“, said the CUP. There remains one last option, the safest from the health point of view: stay at home and watch the match on television, on the pay channel RMC Sport – the latter refused to broadcast in clear l poster despite the Minister's requests, and cross my fingers to return to the Park for the quarters.