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PSG supporters group, Collectif Ultras Paris, have called for the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, to resign after ‘killing’ the ‘magic’ in the city.
The supporters group held up a banner during Les Parisiens’ Ligue 1 match against Lille on Saturday evening with a message directed at the mayor.
The banner being held up in the Auteuil stand at the Parc des Princes read, ‘Hidalgo kills Paris and it’s magic’. While fans chanted ‘Hidalgo Resign’.
The banner was unveiled shortly after it was confirmed that PSG would be leaving the Parc des Princes – which has been their home since 1974.
Les Parisiens revealed they would be leaving the iconic venue earlier in the week, stating City had decided the stadium was not for sale.
The club owned by cash-rich Qatari backer QSI wanted to stay and own the stadium but, following eight years of discussions, they will have to look elsewhere.
PSG said last year that they would explore alternatives after Paris mayor Hidalgo said the stadium was not for sale – a position that City Hall confirmed on Tuesday.
Paris deputy mayor for sports Pierre Rabadan said: ‘A sale is not desirable, because that would be a decision with no turning back.
Rabadan added: ‘That’s why we have to rule out the sale of the Parc de Princes today. We don’t want to sell off Paris’ legacy.’
The Parc des Princes has been home to Paris Saint-Germain since 1974, four years after the club was founded.
In January, PSG said it had invested more than 85 million euros ($92 million) in stadium maintenance costs.
At the time, PSG said it was committed to investing a further 500 million euros in renovations in order to compete with other clubs at the highest level in Europe.
The club will instead focus on finding a new home. The club did not give a deadline for its departure – according to 90min.com.
The first option is the 20,000-capacity Stade Jean-Bouin, also owned by the City of Paris, located near the Parc des Princes.
It currently holds PSG’s women’s team while playing host to rugby and American football matches too.
A second option could be the government-owned 20,000 seater Stade Sebastien Charlety. It is currently the home of minnows Paris FC, but PSG would knock it down before building a new venue holding up to 75,000 fans.
The third site is the 30,000-seater Paris La Defense Arena, home of rugby side Racing 92. They are set to return to their renovated Yves-Du-Manoir stadium after the Olympic Games.
PSG could also consider building a brand new stadium by their training camp in Poissy. But that would pose logistical problems, as it is based 15.5miles from the centre of Paris.