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PSG ultras call for Al-Khelaifi to leave after Champions League exit

Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain’s ultra fans group on Saturday said Qatari club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi should step down after the French giants’ Champions League elimination by Real Madrid.

“Management resignation,” the Collectif Ultras Paris (CUP) group wrote on social media, calling for supporters to join them in “showing our dissatisfaction… without violence” during Sunday’s Ligue 1 match against Bordeaux.

For the fourth time in six seasons PSG crashed out in the last 16, self-destructing against 13-time European champions Real Madrid on Wednesday in Spain.

“We know what our return (to the top level) owes to (club) president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, there is nothing personal here but it is clear that he is not the man for the job,” the group wrote.

Al-Khelaifi is also chairman of beIN Media Group and Qatar Sports Investments and is involved in running racket sports in Qatar.

“The situation of the club now requires a complete reorganisation at all levels and the daily presence of its president,” continued CUP, an umbrella group for various PSG fans groups.

Even though PSG have won seven of their nine Ligue 1 titles under the Qatari owners who took over in  2011, they have repeatedly failed in their European ambitions.

But the capital club have reached the Champions League knockout stage in 10 consecutive seasons, having only previously qualified for the competition five times in their history.

The ultras castigated the club’s lack of direction and sporting director Leonardo for player recruitment described as a “stack of stars who have little or nothing in common” after the signings last year of Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Georginio Wijnaldum.

The players were also blasted for their lack of commitment.

“Against Bordeaux this Sunday we are going to show our dissatisfaction and we ask all the lovers of the club present to unite in our actions without violence,” added the CUP.

“We will remain mobilised until real major changes are put in place.”

Ligue 1 leaders PSG only have the league title to aim for in a season in which they also suffered an early French Cup exit.

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  1. Turfit

    March 12, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    @Ivan, Why 50+1??? Why not 100% fan ownership??? Argentina’s league is 100% fan owned which includes Boca Juniors and River Plate, two of the greatest teams in South America. Speaking of great teams in South America, in Brazil: Corinthians, Flamengo, Grêmio, Internacional, Palmeiras, Santos, São Paulo are all 100% fan owned, Uruguay’s great Penarol and Nacional both 100% fan owned and if we move over to Spain, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are both world powerhouses and 100% fan owned. But now you are thinking that it just will not work here in the US, but let me remind you of another sport that calls itself football, the Green Bay Packers are 100% fan owned (the NFL now bans teams from being fan ownership because the commissioner don’t know which owner to give the trophy to when they win the super bowl). So why should we allow someone to own 49% when the fans can own 100%???

  2. Ivan

    March 12, 2022 at 11:38 am

    It’s not about football and winning.

    It’s another terrorist state laundering money through a football franchise, Qutar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Russian oligarchs…and we all know the names of the franchises being used.

    Thank God for UEFA “fair play” rules, so it’s all good.

    Bundesliga and Swedish League’s 50+1 ownership rule is a must in order to save football…

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