The French Football Federation has accepted PSG's request to play their Round of 32 game on Monday, Jan. 23. The FFF held the draw of the French Cup R32 games on Sunday with all matchups getting decided for the games to be played on the weekend of Jan. 20 through Jan. 22. PSG will have to wait to know their final rival.
Last Friday, PSG defeated Chateauroux 1-3 on the road to qualify for the Round of 32. After the draw for the next round of games of the competition yielded its results on Sunday, PSG found itself in a rather unique position: they will face one of three possible teams still fighting for a place in the Round of 64 (two of them) and ultimately the Round of 32 clash against Paris Saint-Germain.
At the time of this writing, PSG could still play against any of the three teams between Pays de Cassel (Regional 1st, already qualified for the Round of 64), Reims SA (National 3rd), and Wasquehal (National 2nd).
PSG, the only team with an extra day of rest ahead of the French Cup Round of 32 games
After their initial game was suspended because of a violent altercation, the FFF is now giving Reims SA and Wasquehal a second chance at qualifying for the Round of 64. Once one of them qualifies on Wednesday, Jan. 11, they will have to face Pays de Cassel for a place in the Round of 32 facing PSG.
Pays de Cassel will face either Reims SA or Wasquehal at a later, still unknown date, between Jan. 12 and their game against PSG on Jan. 23.
Although initially part of the Jan. 20/21/22 schedule of R32 games, the matchup between PSG and one of those three teams will take place on Monday, Jan. 23 instead. PSG submitted a request to the FFF to delay the game by one day reasoning that petition around the fact that Paris Saint-Germain will be playing a friendly in Saudi Arabia on Jan. 19 in which Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make his debut.
According to the latest reports published by Le Parisien, PSG plans to return to Paris "on the morning of January 20" which would have definitely added a massive amount of physical stress to the PSG players had they been scheduled to play on either Jan. 21 or Jan. 22 on just one or two days of rest.
After the concession by the FFF, PSG will play one of their three potential opponents on the night of Monday, Jan. 23, with the kick-off scheduled to take place at 8:45 PM CEST.
On the flip side of this request will be a team facing PSG, whether it's Wasquehal, Reims Sainte-Anne or Pays de Cassel (all amateur clubs) with very little time to prepare for this game. They will have just over a week to know they have qualified and then organize everything to host PSG, as they'll need to find a proper stadium to host the Ligue 1 behemoths considering the rules in place for French Cup games.