Paris Saint-Germain, fresh off their crucial Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, will take on another challenge in Ligue 1 as they prepare will visit Lille on Sunday evening. They will have to do so without the support of their fans in the stands, as they won't be allowed to enter the stadium
Following the intense European clash at Signal Iduna Park, where PSG aims to secure their place in the round of 16 of the Champions League with the support of over 3,800 fans traveling to Germani (including 1,000 members of the Collectif Ultras Paris), the situation will be markedly different for their domestic league encounter in the North of France.
Julien Froment, a journalist covering PSG for France Info, reported on Wednesday morning that the French government has banned fans of PSG from traveling to Lille for Sunday's game.
The restriction also applies to fans of other clubs in high-risk matches, mind you, including Stade de Reims supporters being prohibited from traveling to Lens, Nice fans to Le Havre, Brest supporters to Nantes, and Rennes fans to Toulouse.
This decision comes in the wake of various incidents at stadiums since the start of the season, including the tragic death of a Nantes supporter during a match against Nice of late.
The government's move to ban supporter travel for matches deemed high risk is in effect until at least December 18th, reflecting the authorities' heightened concern over fan safety and stadium security in these national fixtures.