Paris Saint Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has expressed his displeasure over the recent level of fans discontent with the club.
PSG players have been seriously booed on and off the pitch by fans, since their sudden exit from Champions League
In an interview with Le Parisien, Marco Verratti spoke at length about the Paris Saint-Germain ultras’ boycott.
“Honestly? Before playing football I was a Pescara supporter. We had never won the league, we were always fighting to stay up, but I enjoyed it even if we always lost. I don’t think their anger is just linked to results. The Madrid game was the eye-opener for all of that, but there were great expectations at the start of the season.”
When asked if It was being said that Leonardo and Nasser had brought in big players, and now it’s their fault if we’re not winning?
The midfielder used the opportunity to lament on the issue of whistling and boos while a game is going on at home. He suggested that fans can use other means to express their feelings rather that boos.
“It’s too easy to say that… Supporters are allowed to whistle but not during a match. During the game, we are all together. Sometimes it feels like we’re not playing at home anymore. It’s difficult to understand. We need the supporters, and there are other ways to get your anger across. We can talk, for example.”
On whether he would be ready to speak to them] I have no issue with that.
“ If it’s a discussion like today, calm and respectful, then yes. I know that the fans spend a lot of money on season tickets and on away games. So they are allowed to clap or whistle at the end of games, but if we all want to grow together, we shouldn’t throw everything in the bin. It’s hard to take, but we were knocked out by Real Madrid, who are a great team. Imagine if we’d been knocked out by Villarreal like Bayern Munich were, we wouldn’t have made it out of the stadium! We have to be united to reach our goal. I know Paris will become the best club in the world. It just needs time.”
The Virage Auteuil stand has been staying in silence, and sometimes walking out of games early, since the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid, in protest both at the team itself as well as the club’s upper management.