Diplomatic tensions between France and Turkey have pushed the authorities to strengthen security around PSG. The police had thus cordoned off the streets around the Hôtel des Parisiens located about ten kilometers from the Fatih-Terim stadium in Başakşehir. Nearly a hundred officials, heavily armed and helped by a drone that flew over the parking lot, were present when the coach arrived under very good escort. The Parisians used for the occasion a neutral vehicle and not the one in the colors of the club which makes the trip most of the time.
This safety device was again mobilized to get to training. He will still be present around the match which takes place at 8:55 p.m. local time in Turkey even if the latter is played almost behind closed doors. Only a few hundred VIPs with access to the boxes on the ground will be able to enter the enclosure. What to limit the risks of overflows in the stadium of the club of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan whose calls to boycott French products have obviously no impact on the players.
“What happens politically is not our responsibility, explains Presnel Kimpembe. We are sporty, we focus on football ”. His trainer recognizes for his part that the context is a little heavy without having an influence on his group. “I am sad about the situation, that it is not possible that we live together in harmony. There are tensions, it is particular, believes Thomas Tuchel. But I am not worried. I hope there is no implication between sport and politics ”. Göksel Gümüsdag, president of the Başakşehir club, for his part wished to reassure the Parisians and gave them the best welcome: “PSG is a friendly club. “
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