Last night’s trip to Anfield saw PSG fall to a late 3-2 defeat courtesy of a powerful low Roberto Firmino strike but away from the field, their supporters drew attention by showing support for Crystal Palace’s Holmesdale Fanatics.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) September 18, 2018
The Paris-based super-club can boast about having the likes of Mbappé, Cavani and Neymar in attack whilst off the field, their support is one which strives to be taken seriously on the European stage too, with a large ultra section offering backing to their players both at the Parc de Princes and in away ends across the continent.
PSG love the Fanatics.
Of course they do. pic.twitter.com/MQ435tv2JL
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) September 18, 2018
Their decision to show visible support for the Fanatics (HF) seems to have stemmed from the ongoing saga which sees them absent from Selhurst Park on match-days. The group are keen to relocate to the centre of the Holmesdale Road stand and discussions are ongoing but until a resolution can be found, it looks as though the ultras from Paris are intent on showing solidarity with their cause.
There are plenty of fan-bases across the UK who scoff at the mentality and noise the HF create at Selhurst Park but in the opening two home games of the season, their absence has been felt by every single one of the home supporters in attendance. It’s easy for opposition fans to dismiss them as “teenagers dressed in black with a drum” but in doing so, they are displaying ignorance on an epic scale. Their presence acts as a cohesive driving force behind the team, shown by the vocal backing they offer, regardless of the score.
English football fans (specifically those in the Premier League) are known for willingly singing and cheering when their team gives them reason to; the difference when it comes to the HF is the constant positive vibe they emit throughout the course of 90 minutes when active in SE25.
Seeing PSG supporting the group’s cause brought a huge smile to their face, let’s hope a positive resolution isn’t too far away.