From a Paris Saint-Germain point of view, Tuesday’s friendly match against Celtic FC went about as well as you could have hoped for but on the other side, fans of the Scottish champions are claiming they nearly had their tickets revoked and that they weren’t allowed to wear the iconic colors of their club.
According to David Faulds of The Celtic Star, PSG announced that Celtic fans could attend the exhibition at the end of last week and tickets could be purchased for a hefty price of £56 each. Their fans reluctantly purchased tickets and made accommodations to be in Paris.
That’s when the issues between Celtic supporters and PSG began.
“…on the night before the match the Celtic ticket holders started getting emails from PSG cancelling their tickets and giving them a refund – most were already in Paris,” Faulds said via email. “More cancellations were issued on match-day but eventually, after the Celtic FC [Supporter Liaison Officer] John Paul Taylor got involved it was announced that the supporters should go to Gate E in small groups where they would be admitted after all.”
This wasn’t the end of the problems as Faulds and users on Twitter confirmed.
“…56 minutes before kick-off when the Celtic FC SLO announced that PSG were now saying no Celtic fans would be allowed into the Parc des Princes wearing Celtic colors!” Faulds said. “This was crazy and also unnecessary – given the warm and friendly relationship between the two clubs and the two sets of supporters.”
Further update for fans in Paris, no colours permitted.
— Celtic FC SLO (@CelticFCSLO) July 21, 2020
It’s true, prior to kickoff, we did see a festive atmosphere between the two sets of supporters at the Parc des Princes and it’s odd that the club would go out of its way to make life difficult for opposing fans. It’s not like they were wearing Olympique de Marseille jerseys or anything…
Papa Francesco Ale
Great set of fans who are brand new pic.twitter.com/8pGks6dPH7
— Paul Byars (@byars_paul) July 21, 2020
Arrivée des bhoys et des nautecia #Psg pic.twitter.com/7kpS1IfwQE
— Framel (@framel) July 21, 2020
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PSG should not sell tickets and then cancel them.
The Celtic fans with cancelled (and money) refunded tickets had every write to be upset with PSG club officials, who do not come out of this well at all.
I agree with you. What they did wasn’t very nice and I hope the club provides an explanation to those Celtic supporters who were inconvenienced.