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12th Mar 2022

PSG ultras demand resignation of club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi

Callum Boyle

The PSG ultras fan group released a statement on Saturday

The Paris Saint-Germain ultras group, known as Collectif Ultras Paris, released a statement on Twitter on Saturday demanding the resignation of club president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

It follows after the Ligue 1 side were knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16 against Real Madrid – despite being two goals ahead on aggregate at one point.

Al-Khelaifi was involved in controversy after the game and was removed from the Santiago Bernabeu after confronting and shouting at the officials in the referee’s room after the full-time whistle.

Since he first acquired PSG back in 2011 the ultimate goal has been to win Europe’s most coveted prize but the French side have failed to do so, with pressure now mounting on the Qatari businessman.

Ahead of their game against Bordeaux this weekend, the PSG ultras group released a statement demanding that Al-Khelaifi resigns immediately and that they have planned protests for the game on Sunday.

It said: “The unacceptable and inevitable disillusion that we feared and foresaw has unfortunately been realised.

“How can you have this mindset that moves mountains when your season seems to begin in February and you play domestic competitions at a senatorial pace?

“How can you have a genuine game plan when your squad is nothing but a bunch of ‘stars’ who barely compliment one another?

“How can a coach be the respected boss of the changing room when he is manifestly not the true decision maker?

“How can you regenerate a squad when endless subs can happily see out their contracts with such comfortable salaries?

“How can you feel the immutable force of the history of your club when their colours alternate between black, fuchsia, pink, yellow…?

“How can you want to change everything for the people of Paris when you settle for waving to them from the penalty spot and when you’re more often seen at Fashion Week than at a meeting with the representatives of your own fans?

“We don’t have a short memory. We know what our return owes to President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi but it is clear he is not the man for the job. The club’s current situation requires complete reorganisation at all levels going forward and the daily presence of its president.

“Our Paris Saint-Germain deserves people who serve it, not people who are served by it. Against Bordeaux on Sunday, we will show our displeasure and we ask everyone who loves this club, who will be present, to unite with our non-violent action.

“We will remain mobilised until genuine, large-scale changes have been made. We do it in the greater interest of a club, not a brand, not a marketing product, OUR CLUB! Allez Paris.”

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