Tensions flared in the streets of Paris as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Newcastle United fans reportedly clashed ahead of their crucial UEFA Champions League clash scheduled for Tuesday night. The incident comes amid heightened concerns over fan violence, with videos circulating online depicting the confrontation between the rival supporters.
Local police had issued warnings to pubs hosting away fans, advising them to close their doors earlier to minimize the risk of violence. Despite these precautions, skirmishes erupted on the eve of the match, raising concerns about the safety of traveling Newcastle supporters.
This latest clash follows a previous altercation during the first leg in England, prompting authorities to take preventive measures. Reports indicate that the PSG Ultras targeted Newcastle United supporters in Paris, leading to a tense atmosphere in the city.
In a concerning development, it has been reported that a Newcastle supporter was stabbed in Milan before a previous Champions League group game against AC Milan. In response to these incidents, the Tyneside’s supporters club has urged Newcastle fans to stick together for safety in the wake of the attack in Paris.
Newcastle United, currently in the third position in Group F, faces a crucial match against PSG, knowing that they must secure at least one point to keep their hopes alive for advancing to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Meanwhile, PSG manager Luis Enrique has issued a warning to his team, advising them to prepare for a resurgent Newcastle attack. Despite missing 13 senior players in the first leg, Eddie Howe’s squad secured an impressive 4-1 victory against the reigning Ligue 1 champions, leaving PSG with a daunting task in the upcoming match.
The Parisians, determined to bounce back from their previous defeat, face a critical test at the Parc des Princes. A win against Newcastle would reignite PSG’s chances of qualifying from the group, and former PSG star David Ginola believes the role of the supporters will be pivotal in achieving success.
As both clubs vie for a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League, the incidents of fan violence cast a shadow over the much-anticipated football encounter, highlighting the need for increased security measures and vigilance in ensuring the safety of supporters.