A one-match suspension has been imposed on a quartet of Paris Saint-Germain players, namely Ousmane Dembele, Randal Kolo Muani, Layvin Kurzawa, and Achraf Hakimi, due to their participation in offensive chanting.
This decision was reached by the disciplinary committee of the French league (LFP) after video evidence showed the players singing an offensive song directed at fans of the Ligue 1 team Marseille.
The incident occurred following PSG’s 4-0 victory over Marseille on September 24, during which both Randal Kolo Muani and Achraf Hakimi scored goals. In a subsequent statement on Sunday, the four players expressed regret for their actions, acknowledging that they had allowed themselves to be carried away by the excitement of the win.
They added: “We are well aware of the impact of our actions and our words on the public, notably the youngest who dream of watching a football match.
“In the future, we will do everything to further respect our duty to set an example.”
As part of a distinct disciplinary action, Paris Saint-Germain will be required to temporarily shut down the Auteuil stand at Parc des Princes for one match due to fans directing homophobic chants at Marseille players. The penalty for stand closure initially mandated a two-game suspension, but one of those matches has been put on hold. PSG has characterized the punishment as “excessive” but confirmed they will not pursue an appeal.
PSG added: “The club intends to continue the work it is carrying out with those committed to combating discrimination to change mentalities.”
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