There’s been a mixed reaction to the videos posted on social media showing several Paris Saint-Germain players partying at a birthday celebration for Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, and Mauro Icardi.
It went off at Cavani, Icardi and Di Maria’s joint birthday party last night 💥 pic.twitter.com/avhV15gBrh
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) February 21, 2020
Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani had a joint birthday party last night 🥳
They certainly enjoyed themselves 😂pic.twitter.com/volfMMrooo
— Goal (@goal) February 21, 2020
The party took place just two days after Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League and while some think the players are entitled to have some fun, others think it’s a bad look so soon after a loss.
One person who took issue with the birthday bash is former PSG midfielder Jérôme Rothen who played for the club from 2004-2010 and now works as a consultant for RMC.
🔵🔴 "Quand tu perds comme ça, comment tu peux avoir envie de faire la fiesta ? C'est un manque de respect envers les supporters et ceux qui travaillent au club. Ils s'en foutent !"
🗣 L'énorme coup de gueule de Rothen sur la soirée d'anniversaire des joueurs du PSG. pic.twitter.com/y7xpGGj5cj
— Rothen Régale (@RMCRothenRegale) February 21, 2020
“It’s dramatic. I will speak from my heart because this club is special to me. I feel angry when I see PSG give Dortmund such an image, when I see the coach communicate backwards before and after the match. The players, I don’t talk about it between Neymar Jr., [Thomas] Meunier…But this one, I can’t believe it. I tell myself they don’t care about what the world says. It has nothing to do with the date of the Bordeaux match on Sunday…When they are good, there is no problem. The truth remains the green rectangle and the knockout stages of the Champions League, where PSG is the laughing stock of Europe every year.”
Unlike Neymar’s toned down birthday party earlier this month where guests were asked to leave their cellphones at the entrance, as reported by RMC Sport, Thursday’s birthday bash for Cavani, Di Maria, and Icardi was very well documented and posted on social media for the world to see.
Manager Thomas Tuchel will have a press conference on Saturday ahead of the match against Girondins de Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes and will no doubt be asked about the party. He previously called Neymar’s party, which was held two days before a match, a distraction so it will be very interesting how he handles the question as PSG’s season hangs in the balance.
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