Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi released a strong worded statement on the club’s official site last night. He lambasted the French Football Federation’s decision to reject the club’s request of postponing the Coupe de France semi-final with Saint-Etienne on the April 8th due to fixture congestion.
Our qualification for the last-eight of the UEFA Champions League means that we play four massive games in the space of two weeks:
- April 5th: Le Classique
- April 8th: Coupe de France semi-final
- April 11th: Coupe de la Ligue final
- April 14th/15th: Champions League quarter-final
Al-Khelaifi made a point in his statement that the FFF should be helping French clubs competing in Europe to give them the best possible chance.
Statement in full; “We have noted the unilateral position of the FFF concerning our request to change the date of our Coupe de France semi-final. This was an unprecedented request from the Club. I am profoundly disappointed by the speed with which this decision was made and surprised by the refusal to discuss this matter with the Club. We are talking about our players here: it is impossible for them to be in top shape physically with so many matches so close together. PSG is one of the two remaining representatives of French football in Europe this season. We do everything to be as competitive as possible in every competition we take part in. I think it’s a shame that the sports ruling body in France forces us to choose between a French domestic title and a European title”.