PSG: It's football, not war!
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
PSG's Jerome Rothen has urged calm ahead of the Coupe de France final with Marseille.
Paris Saint Germain midfielder Jerome Rothen has urged calm ahead of his side's Coupe de France final showdown with rivals Marseille.
The two clubs will meet at the Stade de France for the first time since their controversial league showdown in March.
Relations between the clubs were soured when Marseille sent an under-strength team to the league match in protest at the security restrictions on fans.
Both sides were threatened with point deductions, but Rothen would prefer to focus on the football and played down the off-field drama.
"Playing against Marseille is only a football match, it is not war," he told Le Parisien.
"It will be the first Coupe de France final of my career, so I will be very motivated.
"I have suffered a lot of injuries this season, so I would like to show the fans I can give 100 percent to the club," he said.
Fellow midfielder Edouard Cisse was also buoyant after beating Nantes to get to the final.
"It is a great chance for us to qualify for a European Cup," he commented.
"I think we deserve to win because our team has the skills and the motivation to beat Marseille."
The final will be played at the end of April and will be Marseille's first for 15 years.