Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) football club has increased security measures at its training ground and outside the homes of Lionel Messi and Neymar following recent protests by fans.
The supporters, unhappy with the team’s performance, gathered outside the club’s headquarters and set off smoke flares, and then moved to Neymar’s home, where they chanted “Neymar, get lost”.
The club said that it “condemns in the strongest possible terms the unacceptable and insulting actions of a small group of individuals”. Sources close to the team stated that PSG had ordered extra security following threats of repeat protests.
The measures were being taken even before Lionel Messi’s suspension from the team after travelling to Saudi Arabia without the club’s permission to fulfil a commercial role.
Messi’s future at PSG has become uncertain as he is out of contract at the end of the season, and clubs, including Barcelona, have reportedly shown an interest in signing him.
Despite PSG’s recent struggles, the team still leads Ligue 1 by five points with five games remaining. Messi has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season and is the leading assist provider in Ligue 1, with 15