It’s been a chaotic week in Paris. First, gunmen targeted the office of French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, horrifically massacring 12 employees. Then, two days after the massacre, a man claiming to be working with the Charlie Hebdo gunmen opened fire on a kosher deli in Paris, killing four and taking 16 hostages. These events, added to pre-existing complex ethnic and religious tensions in France, have made for a grueling couple of days.
Under this deflating backdrop, Paris Saint-Germain traveled to Bastia, where Stade Armand Cesari joined the rest of Ligue 1 in observing a moment of silence to honor victims and their families. A subset of those in attendance saw the observance as an opportunity to send a different message.
The sign reads “Qatar finances PSG and terrorism” and was raised during the Armand Cesari’s observance.
Keep an eye out to see how the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) disciplinary committee handles this situation. Given the current climate in France, it will be interesting to see how the LFP feels about a politicized message disrupting such a solemn moment.