2019, a dark year for PSG and its president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi


PSG finishes its season Friday night in Reims, and unless Kylian Mbappé scores four goals, no one will want to slash the champagne. Putting an end to this grueling season is a relief for players, employees and even fans. Because the drops of water accumulate on a vase that overflows since March 6 and this incredible elimination in the Champions League.

Nothing goes better in Paris and the last episode has definitely sealed the mood. As revealed by Le Parisien, on Thursday, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi was indicted for "active corruption" by Judge Renaud van Ruymbeke. The case has nothing to do with the PSG, but it throws the trouble on a president more and more discreet, target of many critics for several weeks.

The season came under the best auspices, with a new enthusiastic and charismatic coach, a Mbappé world champion and a Neymar decided to show a different face. The team was walking on the water, crushing all their opponents … And then everything changed at the end of January.

He learned to relativize

Neymar injured his foot, leaving his partners sink into the Champions League then in an endless skittishness. The Brazilian reappeared on April 27, almost eclipsing the defeat in the final of the Coupe de France by a small volley on an unbearable supporter Rennes. Result: three suspension games. That adds up to three other games that he will not be able to play during the next Champions League for having insulted the referee of PSG-Manchester. Nasser Al-Khelaïfi observes all this with spite.

This son of the desert has swallowed many snakes this season. In the columns of L'Equipe, Véronique Rabiot accused him of having "poisoned PSG" by putting his son Adrien aside. Hatem ben Arfa, after raising the Coupe de France with Rennes, sent him a special dedication: "In life, we must respect the human. When you do not respect the human, it does not happen. "

Finally, last Sunday, Kylian Mbappé, newly elected best Ligue 1 player, thanked his president, "an honest man," before launching a dumbfounded audience that he could pursue his career elsewhere. In front of his television, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi almost choked. It is out of the question to let the prodigy escape. But its release shows how the cloakroom is cracking.

Deeply attached to the PSG, the Qatari leader, always supported by the Emir, saw each brand of distrust as a new challenge. His indictment is a new test on a field he does not control. Hence his mistrust. But he also learned to relativize. In mid-January, while the players concluded a smiling internship in Doha, he learned of the death of his mother. It was a sign: 2019, annus horribilis for Nasser and PSG.


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