Romain Mabille, the president of Collectif Ultras Paris, has admitted that the biggest PSG ultras group “have been harsh” with Brazilian playmaker Neymar (31), speaking with France Bleu Paris. The relationship between the club’s faithful fans and the player the club paid €222m for from Barcelona in 2017 has somewhat deteriorated over the years. In 2019, when it transpired that Neymar was reportedly lobbying for a return to Barcelona, only two years after his record-breaking transfer, the PSG fans turned on him. Insulting banners and songs blossomed at the Parc des Princes, and Neymar was loudly booed and considered a traitor by PSG’s fans .
Ce soir dans 100% PSG, @RomainMabille, le pdt du @Co_Ultras_Paris, a évoqué le froid entre Neymar et les ultras du club.— France Bleu Paris (@francebleuparis) February 6, 2023
"Avec la banderole qui insultait sa mère, on a été durs."
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“It’s true that the banner that insulted his mother was harsh, admitted Mabille. We have been harsh. The thing is, people gave him so much love in the beginning.” According to Mabille, there has been no willingness on the part of either Neymar or the club to resolve the current situation, with Neymar never really acknowledging the support of PSG fans. “We must give the PSG players the best possible conditions for them to give their all. Neymar is an affect-driven player, we could have had a different relationship with him.“
Neymar made his return to training yesterday following a week-long absence due to injury, that saw him miss out on the league leaders’ wins over Montpellier and at home against Toulouse this weekend. Les Parisiens travel to Marseille this Wednesday for an exciting Classique in a last-16 Coupe de France tie.
GFFN | Bastien Cheval