PSG chief apologises to fans after draw with Marseille ‘B’

PARIS: Paris St Germain chairman Pierre Blayau apologised to the club’s fans for what he called a “shameful” 0-0 home draw with Marseille’s B team in Ligue 1 on Sunday. 

Marseille, fearful for the security of their fans and players at the Parc des Princes, spared the first team and asked the supporters not to travel to the capital. 

The former European champions had accused PSG of refusing to sell them the promised number of tickets and of seating Marseille fans directly beneath home supporters. 

“In the name of the club, I want to offer my apologies to the public and to the fans,” Blayau told a news conference. “I’m ashamed with what the team showed tonight. We should all be ashamed. 

“From my point of view it’s a huge defeat. Physically and mentally we failed to live up to what our supporters legitimately expect from us.” 

None of the Marseille starters are normally first-choice selections. Four of them are more frequently used by the amateur team in the equivalent of the Fifth Division. 

Blayau was non-committal when asked if he was considering stepping down. 

“It’s not the time to take any drastic measures,” he said. “There is a team and there is a coach. We must look ahead and not look back.” 

The game was far removed from the usual battles between the sides and PSG, chasing their first league win in seven outings, gave another below-par performance. 

No unruly incidents were reported and the stands reserved for Marseille fans were left empty. 

Police said about 115 fans were briefly held for questioning. 

The game was due to kick off at 2000 GMT but was brought forward four hours to help security forces. 

The 43,000 crowd was searched on entering the stadium and more than 1,000 policemen were deployed around the ground. 

AJ Auxerre came from behind to snatch a 1-1 draw at struggling Troyes thanks to a goal from midfielder Thomas Kahlenberg. 

The Burgundy side are fourth on 47 points. – Reuters 

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