PSG-Lens: Interior Ministry confirms travel ban for Lensois

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Ahead of the meeting between Paris Saint-Germain and RC Lens, at the Parc des Princes in Ligue 1 on Saturday evening, the Interior Ministry confirmed the travel ban for Lensois supporters, which had already been anticipated by the northern club.

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Lens supporters will be banned from traveling for Saturday evening’s Ligue 1 match against Paris Saint-Germain, according to a decree from the Interior Ministry published on Friday. An announcement that confirms the will of the Prefecture of Paris, which had already made that decision earlier in the week.

The ministry emphasized that “the relationship between supporters of RC Lens and PSG has been marked by hostility since the deployment of a banner insulting residents of northern France to the Stade de France on March 29, 2008.”

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During the final of the Coupe de la Ligue between the Paris club and Lens that year, PSG supporters displayed a banner in the Parc des Princes saying “Pedophile, unemployed, bayonet: Welcome to the Chatis”.

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Listing a series of incidents between supporters of the two clubs, the last of which was on 1 May 2021, the ministry decided that “any person claiming the quality of a supporter of racing is, in any way, the personal or mass displacement. Clubs of Lens or the like is prohibited between the communes of the department of Pas-de-Calais on the one hand and the communes of the region of le-de-France on the other”.

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15 points ahead of their runner-up Olympique de Marseille, PSG’s declared coronation is no longer in doubt. After defeating Angers (3-0) on Wednesday, Paris Saint-Germain are just one point short of winning their historic tenth title of champions France.

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