She didn’t like it at all. The Minister for Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, said this Monday “shocked” and “indignant” by the banners considered sexist and homophobic of Parisian supporters before the PSG-OM meeting, making the link with the incidents on the ground where the referee has distributed five red cards.
“What happened outside was also of a nature, I have the impression, to heat the spirits on the grounds, we saw it yesterday (Editor’s note: Sunday) with a distribution of boxes that we have never seen in such a match, ”lamented the minister, on the sidelines of a visit to a Parisian school. She called for “the responsibility” of players, coaches, clubs and authorities.
Payet and OM targeted
On Sunday, the Collectif Ultras Paris (CUP), the main group of PSG fans, posted on Twitter in the morning two photos of banners deemed sexist and homophobic, deployed in front of the Parc des Princes and on the Bir-Hakeim bridge, in front of Eiffel Tower.
On one, we could read “PSG-OM: 9 years of sodomy in an organized gang”. The other attacked Marseille player Dimitri Payet, who had chambered Paris after his Champions League final lost against Bayern Munich, and his wife.
“I was completely shocked to see this outside. I have always said that, in a stadium, there could not be things that are not acceptable outside and there, today, it is outside the stadium that the supporters deploy the banners. . I find it shameful, I am outraged by this kind of behavior ”, declared Roxana Maracineanu.
“If it is for sport to resume like that …”
The Deputy Minister had herself put the subject back on the table in March 2019, already after a “clasico” PSG-OM where she had attacked songs assimilating the Marseillais to “rats”, “fags” or “Motherfuckers”. “I just wanted to tell everyone that we are fighting, we are thinking, we are working with sports bodies to be able to set up protocols so that sport can resume in France, if it is so that it resumes as that, frankly… ”Roxana Maracineanu continued on Monday.
“We must be very clear on the fact that this type of behavior, on the ground or in the forum, must be condemned”, launched, at his side, the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Jean- Michel Blanquer.