Emmanuel Petit, former Arsenal player, and football hero, has called on Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward Lionel Messi to leave the club this summer due to the disrespectful behavior of PSG fans towards him and his family.
In an interview with Legal SportsBooks, Petit stated that he feels sorry for those who criticize Messi and believes that he is not respected at PSG. The Frenchman alleged that PSG fans have insulted Messi and his family, and therefore, he should not continue to play for the club beyond this season.
Petit expressed empathy towards Messi’s decision to leave Barcelona and move to PSG, citing the difficulties he faced in adapting to the new city and club. However, he also pointed out the mistreatment that the Argentinean star has faced at PSG, particularly in the form of fan abuse and press criticism.
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The former footballer highlighted the incident at the end of last season when Messi and Neymar were booed and had insults hurled at their families by PSG fans. Petit asserted that if he were Messi, he would have left the club immediately and not stayed for another season.
Petit’s comments come amid reports of tension between Messi and PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who recently benched the forward during the team’s match against RC Lens. The decision was met with backlash from PSG fans, who chanted Messi’s name during the match.
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Messi’s future at PSG remains uncertain, with rumors suggesting that he may return to Barcelona or move to another club this summer. However, it is unclear whether the alleged mistreatment by PSG fans will play a significant role in his decision-making process.
Many football fans have expressed their support for Messi and criticized the behavior of PSG fans towards him and his family. Some have called on the club’s management to take action against fan abuse and ensure that players are treated with respect and dignity.
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In response to the situation, PSG released a statement condemning the mistreatment of players and their families by fans. The club also stated that it is committed to promoting a culture of respect and inclusivity and will take action against any form of discrimination or harassment.
As the situation develops, it remains to be seen whether Messi will leave PSG or continue to play for the club. However, Petit’s comments have sparked a conversation about the treatment of players by fans and the responsibility of clubs to ensure that their players are protected from abuse and harassment.