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PSG willing to play Champions League home games abroad


PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 5: Neymar Jr of PSG is presented by President of PSG Nasser Al-Khelaifi to the supporters before the French Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Amiens SC at Parc des Princes on August 5, 2017 in Paris, . (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

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Paris Saint-Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi was quick to respond after the French government outlawed football in France until September.

Al-Khelaifi said he respects the government’s decision and that he’ll bring PSG’s home matches outside of France when the UEFA Champions League restarts this summer.

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Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 are done for the season after the French government joined the Netherlands in canceling live sporting events for most of the summer.

PSG had already qualified for the quarterfinals by dismissing Borussia Dortmund. Here’s Al-Khelaifi:

“We respect the French government’s decision. In agreement with UEFA, we intend to participate in the final rounds of this season’s Champions’ League at the time and place at which it will be organised. If it is not possible to play in France, we will play our matches abroad with the assurance that we will place our players and all our staff in the best possible health conditions.”

PSG will have already planned for the possibility of playing all UCL matches at a neutral site, so this doesn’t change a ton.

What’s interesting, even comical, is how quickly PSG reacted to the news. Ligue 1 had long been relegated to a subplot with a 12-point table lead and a match-in-hand on second-place Marseille.

A cynic would say PSG won’t care much about domestic honors until they’ve laid claim to their European honors. Today did little to dissuade those in that mind frame.