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PSG ultras give Real Madrid players rude awakening at Paris hotel

Around 50 hardcore PSG supporters let off fire crackers and chanted songs at 2am outside the Paris hotel where Real Madrid players were trying to sleep before their big clash in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

PSG ultras give Real Madrid players rude awakening at Paris hotel
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Some PSG fans will clearly do whatever it takes to give their team a chance of overturning a 3-1 deficit against Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night.

In the middle of night on Monday as Real Madrid's players slept in their beds at the Hotel du Collectioneur in the 8th arrondissement in the heart of Paris, around 50 hardcore ultras turned up intent on making a racket.

Just before 2am they began letting off fire crackers, lighting flares and chanting songs in order to disturb the sleep of Real's players on the eve of their Champions League last 16 tie against PSG.

According to the Real Madrid camp the disturbance lasted around 30 minutes until police intervened.

 

 

One witness said it began with chanting and there were two enormous detonations of firecrackers. And then for another 10 minutes the sound of firecrackers could be heard in the area. 

When police turned up the ultras fled in all directions. Reports in Le Parisien newspaper said two were arrested.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Real Madrid bosses were left furious by the disturbance and there were suggestions they believed that the PSG might have been behind it.

They are also concerned about the welcome Real Madrid's players will get on their way to the stadium for Tuesday night's match.

Whether the player's lack of sleep will have any impact on the match remains to be seen, but PSG's players believe they can mount a historic comeback even without their star player Neymar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Annoyed Barça won’t pay Neymar bonus

Barcelona won't pay a 26 million euro bonus to Neymar for renewing his contract with the Catalan giants in 2016, a club spokesman said on Friday after his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee.

Annoyed Barça won't pay Neymar bonus
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Josep Vives admitted Barça had been left irritated by the Brazilian's decision to leave despite signing a new five-year deal last year as PSG paid his 222 million euro buyout clause to leave Barca powerless to prevent Neymar moving on.

“Any separation causes annoyance, especially when it is one not wished for by the club due to a unilateral decision on the part of the player,” Vives told a press conference at the Camp Nou.

“The player hasn't fulfilled his contract with the club…given that breach the club will not pay this renewal bonus.”

Barça had deposited the bonus with a notary to be paid on September 1 had Neymar remained at the club, but have already recovered the 26 million.

During his presentation as a PSG player on Friday, Neymar said that “at no point did I lack respect to the supporters or the club” in deciding to bring to an end his four years in Catalonia.

However, Vives insisted Barça are unhappy with the way in which his exit came about.

“There is annoyance at the decision, but also the way it came about.”

Yet, Vives claimed Barça can bounce back from losing out on La Liga and the Champions League last season with the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez still among a star-studded squad.

“He is a great player, we have enjoyed him a lot, but the world doesn't end after Neymar,” he added.

“It is not the first time that we have gone through a situation like this and the club has continued, grown and become more universal.”

The move is not just a huge blow for Barça's prospects on the field, but their prestige as one of the world's richest and most successful clubs.

It is 17 years since Barça last lost one of their prized assets against their will when Real Madrid paid Luis Figo's buyout clause for a then world record fee.

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