And it is in this extremely particular context that the PSG moves on the ground of Basaksehir, Istanbul club, outgoing champion of Turkey, controlled by the entourage of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to the point that its colors are the same as that of the party AKP conservative Muslim. Sign of the affection Erdogan has for football in a country and a city that are no less fanatic, the then Prime Minister, a former semi-pro footballer, had teased the swell in 2014, at the time of the inauguration of the stadium that would host the club.
Will the diplomatic crisis between France and Turkey be invited into the meeting? The question may arise, while, as we remember, a minute of silence was whistled on November 18, 2015, during the match between Greece and Turkey, a few days after the Bataclan attacks. For two reasons, we can think that it will not be the case this time. First, because there will be hardly more than a few hundred supporters in the stadium, due to a health crisis. Then, because the president of the club, Göksel Gümüsdag, did everything to calm things down. In an interview with the Turkish press agency Anadolu, he assured that “Paris Saint-Germain is a friendly club”. Relations with the club held by Qatar (also a place of manifestations of hostility to France) are thus excellent, to the point that Al Khelaïfi offered a signed Neymar jersey to his counterpart.