In unison they say “sincerely regret” their words. Paris Saint-Germain players Ousmane Dembélé, Randal Kolo Muani, Achraf Hakimi and Layvin Kurzawa, summoned by the Disciplinary Committee of the French Professional Football League (LFP) after insulting calls during the PSG-OM match, have apologized on Sunday, on social networks, it publishes the same message, also conveyed by the Parisian club.
On Sunday 24 September, the four players were filmed singing an abusive song against the Marseillais during a group celebration, in front of the Auteuil stand at the Parc des Princes, following their 4-0 Championship win.
“We sincerely apologize for words we should not have said”they wrote on social networks (Instagram and X, formerly Twitter), and “We would like to apologize”. “We are well aware of the impact of our actions and our words on the public, especially the youngest who dream of watching a football match”they continued, and “In the future, we will do everything to respect our duty to set an example”.
During the same meeting, homophobic songs were sung by Parisian supporters at the Parc des Princes for several minutes. The club and its four singers will be heard at the next meeting of the LFP Disciplinary Committee, on Thursday 5 October, the day after the Champions League trip to Newcastle (UK).
“We should have stopped this match”
On Monday 25 September, the inter-ministerial delegate for the fight against racism, anti-Semitism and anti-LGBT hatred, Olivier Klein, forwarded a video of around thirty seconds in which we can hear these supporters singing homophobic songs against the players in Marseille. team, says “very shocked” and demanding “sanctions”.
Just like Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, who added: – We should have stopped this match. I think the protocol to stop fights at homophobic chants, at incitement to hatred, because that’s what it is, is necessary. »
PSG had indicated that the club “condemns all forms of discrimination, especially homophobia, and wishes to point out that they have no place either in stadiums or in society”. On the other hand, Paris Saint-Germain have not notified that they want to file a complaint.
“It is a topic that creates a bit of controversy. The club, the sports management, the staff, the players, we are all against any form of discrimination.”supported PSG’s Spanish coach Luis Enrique on Friday at a press conference.