In France, the government is allowing for sporting events to have 5,000 spectators and as they did against Le Havre a week ago, Paris Saint-Germain played in front of a small crowd versus Waasland-Beveren last Friday at the Parc des Princes.
However, unlike the situation in Le Havre where there were no issues and there was talk about possibly increasing the number of spectators, it looks as though fans at the Parc des Prince took may put those plans on pause as they didn’t necessarily abide by all of the social distancing recommendations. Minister for Sport of France Roxana Mărăcineanu spoke with RMC Sport where she voiced her displeasure towards the PSG supporters.
“This return of supporters to the stadium is a good thing but such carelessness is a risk for the health of supporters and prejudice for all sports because it gives a bad signal,” Mărăcineanu said.
Furthermore, Mărăcineanu wasn’t the only one upset at the supporters at the Parc. L’Equipe also reported that the president of the National Rugby League, Paul Goze, expressed his concern over the scenes at the stadium. Then, the National Association of Professional Sports Leagues called out the supporters too for their behavior in a press release.
“The local action of a few supporters must not jeopardize the process of the public’s return and penalize all professional competitions in the different disciplines and their audiences,” the statement said. “The behavior of a few must not question everything, including to their own detriment, and jeopardize the survival of an entire economic sector.”
Les Parisiens take on Celtic FC on the July 24, at the Parc so we will see if the supporters improve their behavior and adhere to the mask and social distancing rules.
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