Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari Owners Considering Pulling Plug On Club

Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari Owners Considering Pulling Plug On Club
May 3, 2019

Ligue 1 News Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari owners are re-considering their commitment to the French giants after another embarrassing Champions League campaign, and failure to win the Coupe de France.

According to reports from Le Parisien, the club’s failures in the Champions League and failure to win domestic cups along with their bizarre end of season form has left the owners asking questions.

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Qatar Sports Investments, a subsidiary of the state-owned Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), acquired the Parisian club in 2012 hoping to match the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus as a European powerhouse. However, almost seven years down the line and consistent failures in the Champions League, the club have failed to match their owners’ ambition.

Four quarter-final exits and back-to-back Round of 16 knockouts despite a huge financial investment have left the club far from where they began their project.

The reports claim that the QIA board of directors feel that a lack of success on the European stage and PSG’s failure to land either of the domestic cups this season is reflected badly on the image of the state. The report even goes further to allege that the Qatari owners are considering stepping back from the project and pulling a significant amount of funding.

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Le Parisien states that the failures of the Ligue 1 club on the big stage has lead to a fair amount of scepticism from the media and that the Qatari owners are sensitive to the criticism the PSG brand has received in France.

PSG are now a successful global brand, attracting the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani over the years, but you would wonder how long the club’s brand can withstand more failures in European competition.

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