PSG vs Maccabi Haifa in Champions League classified as “at risk”

Paris Saint-Germain host Maccabi Haifa in their fifth group-stage match of the Champions League 2022/23 season on Tuesday evening.

According to the print edition of L’Équipe, the game between PSG and Maccabi Haifa has been classified as a risky encounter for the spectator intending to attend the venue. The fans travelling from Israel are also concerned about their hospitality.

Several members of the Collectif Ultras Paris (CUP) have previously showcased their support for Palestine over the issues with Israel. On November 23, 2006, PSG were beaten by another Israeli team in Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the UEFA Cup (now the UEFA Europa League) via a 4-2 scoreline.

After the final whistle, Julien Quemener, a PSG supporter, was shot dead by a police officer, who was trying to protect a French Tel-Aviv supporter chased by the Parisien fans.

When PSG locked horns with Maccabi Haifa in Israel, Christophe Galtier’s side salvaged a 3-1 victory despite going 1-0 down early. Now, it’s Maccabi’s turn to visit the French capital in what is expected to be a hostile atmosphere inside the stadium for their players and the fans.

The National Directorate for the Fight against Hooliganism (DNLH) has classified the game as risk level 3 on a scale of 5. Eight CRS (Compagnies républicaines de sécurité) and French Gendarmerie forces will be present if the heat escalates within the Parc des Princes. As far as the reports are concerned, there will be 1,500 supporters on the away end, with 1,000 of them directly travelling from Israel.

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