PSG Clashes with Fans as Messi and Neymar Controversy Deepens
PSG Cancels 450 Ultras’ Match Tickets Ahead of League Game Against Troyes
Paris Saint-Germain has cancelled the match tickets of 450 ultras ahead of their league game against Troyes, as reported. The ultras had gathered outside PSG’s headquarters and launched into a foul-mouthed chant against World Cup winner Messi. Meanwhile, others travelled to the house of Brazil star Neymar. Both players could leave the club in the summer.
With reports exclusively revealing that the French club is no longer prioritising a new deal for Messi, the player has received a ban and fine from the French league leaders after taking an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia after the weekend’s defeat to Lorient. The internal suspension remains in place despite Messi issuing an apology, meaning the veteran will not feature against Troyes.
According to RMC Sport (via Get French Football News), around 450 members of the Collectif Ultras Paris group have been blocked from attending the Troyes game. The action from PSG is linked to the protests which took place during the week. Other members of the travelling support will still be allowed to make the trip, with the ultras said to account for around half of PSG’s allocation.
Reports in France suggest that some of those unable to attend the game may still make the trip east. Neymar remains injured and out of the game, leaving Christophe Galtier’s team to push for three crucial points without the presence of the star players.
After remaining unbeaten across their 15 league matches before the World Cup, PSG have allowed their title challengers to creep back into contention. All six of their Ligue 1 defeats have come since the turn of the year, with three arriving after Neymar suffered a season-ending injury against Lille in February.
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