PSG “will question UEFA” on the issue of “excessive digging” suffered by its fans before the match against Lisbon’s Benfica, the Parisian club announced on Saturday, after numerous testimonies from fans who said they were shocked by overly intrusive palpations. The club is very attentive to the testimonies of its fans who evoke excessive excavations in Lisbon. In response, the club will ask UEFA to shed some light on these testimonies, “PSG wrote in a press release. In the event of” particularly serious “events, the Parisian club invites interested parties to contact a dedicated service of the Prefecture of Police of Paris, the STADE (Transversal Service for the Agglomeration of Events).
In all high-level matches, the protocol provides for body searches of spectators by stewards to avoid the introduction of prohibited objects, such as smoke bombs, into the stadium. As reported on Friday by Football Supporters Europe (FSE), a federation of national supporters’ associations, Parisians reported “shocking” and “disproportionate” body searches in Lisbon on Wednesday ahead of PSG’s match against Benfica in the league. ).
Similar complaints issued this season against Benfica
According to testimonies collected by Radio France Bleu, a Parisian fan present at the Luz stadium on Wednesday spoke of “shocking palpations, his hand inside (his) underwear for a good minute, before putting (him) his long hand in his groin. “. Another supporter accused a butler of “fondling his breasts for a long time.” Other advocates have mentioned palpations under underwear or at the level of the genitals.
For its part, Benfica maintains that it has not been informed of any “irregularities” in relation to the searches carried out by a certified external company, under the supervision of the Portuguese police and representatives of the PSG. Similar complaints had already been launched against Benfica this season. On 8 September, following the match between Benfica and Maccabi Haifa (2-0) in the Champions League, the Israeli club issued a press release asking for “explanations” to the Portuguese counterpart and UEFA regarding the excavations. “carried out on its supporters.