Le Havre president accuses PSG of ‘taking the p*ss’out of Ligue 1

Paris Saint-Germain’s thoughts were elsewhere when they hosted Clermont Foot at the Parc des Princes on Saturday evening. Ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona, it was expected that Luís Enrique would rotate his squad, however, perhaps not as much as he did, leaving Le Havre AC president Jean-Michel Roussier furious.

Usual starters such as Lucas Hernandez and Nuno Mendes weren’t even in the squad for PSG. The team that faced Clermont, currently bottom of Ligue 1, reassembled very much a B-team, with Yoram Zague and Senny Mayulu, two academy products, making their first starts for their formative club. 

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Kylian, Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Vitinha, Fabián Ruiz and Marquinhos also dropped to the bench for the encounter as Clermont picked up a point against that gives them a glimmer of hope in the relegation battle. It is a battle in which Le Havre are also mired. Les Ciel et Marine are currently just two points above the relegation play-off spot and their president believes that, in rotating in the way that they did against Clermont, PSG showed “contempt” towards Ligue 1.

“It is an expression of huge contempt towards the French league,” he began in a statement to L’Equipe“I’ve constructed a text to send to Ligue 1 to express how I feel seeing PSG making fun of our league. Apparently, all of that has been validated by a lot of people. They’re taking the p*ss out of people,” he added.

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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