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Ligue 1: why Vincent Labrune will not hand over Hexagoal to PSG

Crowned for the 10th time in its history – a record shared with Saint-√Čtienne – since April 23 and its draw against Lens (1-1), PSG will be honored on its lawn at the Parc des Princes on May 21 at the outcome of the meeting of the last day of L1 against Metz. But who will give Marquinhos, the Parisian captain, the Hexagoal trophy rewarding this title of champion of France?

It will not be Vincent Labrune, president of the Professional Football League (LFP) since September 2020 and former president of OM, the eternal rival of PSG. The leader has made it known that he did not intend to return the precious object and that he would not go to the Parc des Princes on this occasion. There’s nothing new. He was also absent during the presentation of the L1 and L2 titles, respectively in Lille and Troyes, last season. He was not in Toulouse either, on Saturday May 7, at the time of celebrating the club from Haut-Garonne, freshly champion of L2. On this occasion, the deputy director general, Mathieu Ficot, represented the LFP.

This ceremony is very important for PSG. Even more so this year in view of the very complicated situation between the Parisian Ultras of the CUP (Ultras Paris collective) and the club. Since the elimination of the Champions League against Real Madrid on March 9, the supporters have been on strike for encouragement. It started with the reception of Bordeaux (3-0) then during all the following matches including the clasico against Marseille (2-1). Facing Lens, the vast majority of the CUP had even deserted the enclosure just before the end of the meeting in order to better celebrate the title between members. During away matches, fans also left the stadium several times 15 minutes from the end, in Clermont (1-6) or Angers (0-3).

The leaders of PSG, therefore, meticulously refine the ceremony around the presentation of the trophy. They wish a beautiful party with the presence of the supporters until the end. For this, they imagined seeing former great PSG players come and give the trophy to their successors. This solution would make it possible to show that the management hears the criticisms of the elders, often considering themselves to be little considered, and would reflect a respect for the history of the club. To date, no name has filtered.

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