Paris - Paris
Saint-Germain's home Ligue 1 game against Montpellier on Saturday has
been postponed after a request from police in the French capital, the
club said on Tuesday.
The match was due to be played at 16:00 at the Parc des
Princes but will be rescheduled to a later date because of security
"In order to be able to mobilise all the security personnel forces at
its disposal in direct connection with the possible demonstrations that
will take place in Paris on Saturday, December 8, the prefecture of
police has obtained, with the full agreement of the Professional
Football League (LFP) and Paris Saint-Germain, the postponement of the
game initially scheduled for this Saturday," the Paris prefecture told
It is one of two games scheduled for Saturday in the French top
flight to be called off, with authorities in Toulouse also requesting
that the local team's game against Lyon that evening be called off.
Paris has been the scene of protests for three weekends running from
"yellow vest" demonstrators unhappy at planned fuel tax rises, but
unrest has spread across the country.
Demonstrations turned particularly violent last Saturday, with 412
people arrested after the worst clashes in central Paris for decades.
However, the French government backed down on Tuesday, with Prime
Minister Edouard Philippe saying the planned increases in the price of
fuel would be suspended for six months.
PSG are 14 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 after seeing their
perfect record this season ended in a 2-2 draw at Bordeaux on Sunday.
They play Strasbourg away on Wednesday, but the postponement of
Saturday's game gives them extra time to prepare for next week's crucial
Champions League trip to Red Star Belgrade.
"Honestly I don't know if it's good or not," said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel when asked if the postponement would benefit his side.
"For me it is absolutely clear, security has to come first."