PSG: The Parisian club will embargo UEFA on the excavations of its fans in Lisbon

PSG will “ask UEFA” about the “excessive excavations” suffered by their fans before the match against Benfica in Lisbon, the Parisian club announced this Saturday, after numerous testimonies from fans who claimed to be shocked by excessively intrusive palpations. . “The club is very attentive to the testimonies of its supporters that evoke excessive excavations in Lisbon. In response, the club will ask UEFA to shed light on these testimonies,” PSG wrote in a press release. In the event of “particularly serious” events, the Parisian club invites those interested to contact a dedicated service of the Paris Police Prefecture, the STADE (Transversal Service for the Agglomeration of Events).

In all high-level matches, the protocol provides for body searches of the spectators by the commissaires to prevent the introduction of prohibited objects, such as smoke bombs, into the stadium. As reported on Friday by Football Supporters Europe (FSE), a federation of national supporters’ associations, Parisians reported “shocking” and “disproportionate” body searches on Wednesday in Lisbon before PSG’s match against Benfica in the Champions League (1 -1). ).

Similar complaints issued this season against Benfica

According to testimonies collected by Radio France Bleu, a Parisian fan present on Wednesday at the Luz stadium spoke of “shocking palpations, the hand inside (his) underwear for a good minute, before putting (his) long hand in ( his) crotch”. Another supporter accused a butler of having “touched his breasts for a long time”. Other followers mentioned palpations under the underwear or at the level of the genitals.

Benfica states for its part that it has not been informed of any “irregularity” relating to the searches carried out by a certified external company, under the supervision of the Portuguese police and PSG representatives. Similar complaints had already been issued this season against Benfica. On September 8, after the match between Benfica and Maccabi Haifa (2-0) in the Champions League, the Israeli club published a press release asking for “explanations” from its Portuguese counterpart and UEFA about the bodily aggression excavations. considered “offensive” made on their followers.

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