Paris Saint Germain’s ultras have demanded an immediate resignation of chairman and CEO, Nasser Al-Khelaifi to be removed from his position.
The quest to be crowned champions of Europe for the first time will stretch into another season after they were dumped out of the competition by thirteen times champions, Real Madrid on Wednesday, despite holding a 2-0 advantage with half an hour to play.
Al-Khelaifi has presided over the club since 2011 but PSG’s most powerful fan group believe it is time for him to step aside.
“The unacceptable and inevitable disillusion which we predicted and feared has unfortunately become reality,” read the group’s statement. “How can you create a groundbreaking mentality when your season appears to start in February, and you play in domestic competitions at minimal pace?
“How can you have a real sporting project when the squad is just a bunch of ‘stars’ with little or nothing else? How can the coach be a respected boss in the locker room when he is clearly not the real decision maker?
“How do you rejuvenate a group when perennial peripheral figures are satisfied seeing out their contract and wearing comfortable sunglasses? How can you feel the powerful force of the club’s history when your colors alternate between black, fuchsia, pink and yellow?
“How can you want to rebuild everything for the people of Paris when you are happier greeting them from the penalty spot and attend fashion week more often than meeting with your own supporter group representatives?
“Our memories are not short. We know that we owe our return to President Nasser Al-Khelaifi and it is nothing personal, but it is clear that he is not the man for the job. The club’s current situation requires a complete reorganization at all levels and the daily presence of its President.
“PSG deserves people who serve the club, not people who use it. We will show our dissatisfaction against Bordeaux on Sunday, and we ask all those who love the club to join us without using violence. We will remain mobilized until there are real, major changes.
“We are doing this in the best interests of our club — not its brand. Our club is not a marketing tool! Come on, Paris.”
PSG host Bordeaux today in the Ligue 1 and will be hoping to extend the lead to 15 points difference between them and OGC Nice.