Paris Saint-Germain fans beware! Supporter karma is real, and you have just set yourselves up to be painted as hypocrites in the near future.
Yesterday, some time before or after their club’s Champions League elimination of Chelsea, a group of PSG fans known as the 300 took to “the YouTube” to throw salt on the wounds of their opponents. Like West Ham before them, the Parisians created a spoof video, making a joke of the incident that occurred after the first leg of this European playoff. (Have you heard about this? It’s been in the news.) where Chelsea fans blocked a black man from entering a train on the Paris Métro. PSG fans took the less offensive route and instead blocked a white man in a John Terry jersey.
Making fun of your momentary rivals is fun. It’s right there on the first page of the Supporters’ Manifesto, which is a real document, kept in a hermetically sealed case in a safe under La Bombanera. But an appreciation of larger cosmic forces must be considered when one group decides to target another; otherwise, you will almost certainly end up making fools of yourselves, like the Hammers.
Just one day after West Ham fans puffed out their chest with deep breaths of superiority while mocking Chelsea supporters’, many of their fans were punished for making anti-Semitic chants during a trip to Tottenham, something about which the club had already issued a zero-tolerance policy warning. Glass houses fall fast and cut like a motherfucker.
PSG fans are tempting fate. They aren’t strangers to controversy themselves, especially in the pre-Qatari ownership days. Fights with fans from Utrecht, Ajax and lower division French clubs in recent memory provide enough evidence to know that the inhabitants of Parc des Princes aren’t exactly monks and nuns. Videos like these tend to awaken the gods of righteous indignation and comeuppance, sending them on a warpath to highlight any scumbags that may be lingering in a group’s ranks.
Keeping anyone willing to wear John Terry’s name on their back — or John Terry himself — off your train is generally good idea. However, supporter karma dictates that any day now, we’ll see video of a PSG fan doing something terrible, link back to this and say something about “four fingers pointing back at you,” or whatever your grandmother said about judging other people.