After former Collectif Ultras Paris President Romain Mabille resigned from his position, the ultra group took a few days before naming Nicolas Boffredo, or “Bobo” as he is known, the new president.
In an interview with France Bleu Paris, Boffredo discussed some of the issues he will have to tackle as he jumps into this position. However, one of the first topics he touches on is how he joined the CUP and his role within the ultra group.
Before the creation of the CUP, Boffredo’s specialty is tifos. For 18 years, the new president previously created images for the K-Soce Team before finding himself one of the CUP founding members.
Nonetheless, Boffredo talked about being named president of the ultra group.
“Ah, no, not at all! It happened suddenly, so no, a week ago I did not imagine myself to be president of the collective at all,” Boffredo said.
The new president then discussed the responsibility of taking over for Mabille.
“Ah, that’s for sure it’s a very, very big responsibility. Romain did a job for four years more than correct. And he had a position which was really not easy and from start to finish. In the end, he handled things perfectly. Of course, it’s not easy,” Boffredo said. “I wouldn’t say take his place. Because, as I said, I am not there to take Romain’s place. Me, I’m only pursuing all that he has managed to do that is positive for the collective. So yes, it’s true, it’s a big responsibility. It’s not easy.”
Finally, with the coronavirus pandemic affecting attendance, Boffredo talked about possibly returning to the Parc des Prince, which is a situation he doesn’t see happening.
“Me, personally, I’m not too confident. And anyway, most people aren’t either. For me, this year, it’s going to be a white season, much like all Ultras groups in France,” Boffredo said. “I think a lot of people got used to the idea that we weren’t going to go to the stadium this year. Now we are also waiting to know a little if it will unlock in the months to come. But I don’t. I am not confident on this subject anyway.”
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