PSG star speaks out
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bonaventure Kalou has spoken of his concern at elements of the PSG support.
Bonaventure Kalou has spoken out against elements of the Paris Saint Germain support following a difficult few weeks for the French side.
The death of PSG supporter Julien Quemener following the club's Uefa Cup defeat to Hapoel Tel Aviv on 23rd November has led to a prolonged focus on the far-right elements of the club's support.
Quemener was shot dead by a policeman after trouble erupted following the defeat to the Israeli side, and, fearing further violence, officials decided to postpone the recent Ligue 1 game against Toulouse.
With PSG under scrutiny for the attitude and far-right leanings of some of their support, Kalou has now voiced his disbelief that it took the death of a fan to bring the issue to a wider audience.
"I am stunned people wait for the death of a man to realise there are racist and anti-Semite fans at Paris," Kalou told l'Equipe.
"I would never believe the situation could become so serious and take such an importance.
"It is such a shame to reach such an extreme for the French opinion to wake up.
"If those people came in the stadium to send their racist message, they show an awful and sad image of the club."
Following Quemener's death, PSG fans also came to the club's training ground and became involved in an altercation with defender Bernard Mendy and attending journalists.
Kalou has now voiced his regret at the turn of events that he believes saw the club taken 'hostage'.
"In no club around the world would fans have the idea to sweep into the training centre," Kalou continued.
"We have been too kind and lax, so that is why today they take the club hostage.
"All that is unspeakable, but that is the sad reality and it is not new.
"It is a kind of fate and I don't know how to turn things around."