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Two sections of PSG's stadium reopened under police orders

Two sections of PSG's stadium reopened under police orders

A section of Paris Saint-Germain's Parc des Princes stadium was ordered to be reopened by Paris police on Thursday.
The R1 and R2 sections of the Kop of Boulogne had been shut since the shooting death of a PSG fan by a plainclothes policeman on Nov. 23.
"The R1 and R2 areas will be reopened for the (Saturday's) match against Sochaux," PSG's head of communications Jean-Philippe D'Hallivillee said Thursday. "The decision was taken today by police authorities."
Saturday's game will go ahead at the scheduled time of 2000 local (1900 GMT). Several of PSG's previous home games were moved forward to early afternoon kickoffs for fear of violent reprisals from PSG thugs.
The R1 and R2 sections were known by police to contain right-wing extremists and a hardcore hooligan element mixed into two groups called The Casual Firm and The Independents and numbering 350-400.
PSG follower Julien Quemener was shot dead by police officer Antoine Granomort after a UEFA Cup match against Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Granomort, who is black, was protecting a Jewish fan under attack from supporters shouting racist and anti-Semitic epithets.
Quemener was a member of a group known as the Boulogne Boys, some of whom have links to The Independents and Casual Firm.
The Boulogne Boys were among 11 official fan groups to sign a supporters charter Sunday.
The charter pledges to "refuse all forms of violence, discrimination, racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and homophobia."
PSG's leadership has long been accused of refusing to address racism and violence among fans. Monkey chants toward black players and racist epithets have been commonplace since far-right members started watching matches at the Kop of Boulogne 22 years ago.


Updated : 2021-06-17 08:12 GMT+08:00