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PSG Banned From French Cup

PSG Banned From French Cup

The French league's disciplinary commission has banned Paris Saint Germain from defending its League Cup title next year after fans of the club displayed a banner insulting people from northern France...

The banner was shown briefly during the League Cup final on March 29, in which PSG beat Lens 2-1 to win the trophy. The banner - which overshadowed what should have been a great day for the club - referred to northern Frenchmen as "paedophiles, unemployed and inbred."

Though PSG pledged to identify those responsible, the French government has since ordered the disbanding of the club's far-right Boulogne Boys supporters' group.

The president of the disciplinary commission Jacques Riolacci has said the club would not be deducted points, as a racist connotation had not been established.

"The disciplinary commission didn't find that the banner, despite shocking a lot of people, was strictly racist," explained Riolacci.

A points deduction would have spelled disaster for the capital club who, despite the League Cup win, are flirting with relegation after a woeful league campaign.

The club have vowed to appeal the ban, and released a statement, which read: "PSG will do everything in its power to contest and try and annul this decision.

A criminal investigation has been opened to prosecute those responsible for "inciting hatred and violence" against northerners.

Robert Rousseau, Goal.com

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