Lacombe calls for calm at PSG
By Laurent Picard & Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
PSG are to play at Parc des Princes for the first time since one of their fans was shot dead.
Paris Saint Germain are to host Panathinaikos in the Uefa Cup on Wednesday for the first time since one of their fans was shot dead by police at Parc des Princes.
The incident, which took place after PSG's 4-2 defeat to Hapoel Tel Aviv at the end of November, had caused a rise in tension among the club's fans.
As a result of the security fears, the authorities decided to postpone the last home game against Toulouse.
But they have given the go-ahead for the visit of the Greek giants and boss Guy Lacombe has played down fears about any sort of negative reaction.
"The dramatic event has shocked people, so this match is the chance to remember why we come to the stadium," Lacombe told AFP.
"We can't talk about traumatism. If the fans help us, I am sure the players will be able to play, but Panathinaikos are a great team."
Defender Mario Yepes has echoed his coach's words, insisting he will remain in the French capital despite all the difficulties and a tough start to the season.
"I won't leave this winter. It is not my style to quit a club in trouble. That is not me. I will stay whatever happens," Yepes explained.
"I want to stay to help the team to get through. We keep faith, we have hopes. Now we just need to achieve a good run of matches.
"I have no fear of playing again at Parc des Princes. I love that stadium. I am always very happy when I am at Parc. I try not to think about everything that has happened and to remain perfectly focused on the present."
Two thousand policemen are expected to be on duty at the ground, with 200 fans already banned from the game.