Paris Saint-Germain ultras lose two supporter groups
Paris Saint-Germain's quest to bring atmosphere back to Parc des Princes has taken a hit with the news that two members of the Collectif Ultras Paris (Paris Ultras Collective or CUP) have quit.
Lista Nera Paris and Microbes Paris both announced, via news release, within hours of each other on Tuesday that they no longer wish to be associated with the CUP.
While Microbes Paris refused to elaborate on the reasons for their decision, Lista Nera Paris made clear their issues with the collective's leadership.
"One year on from the creation of the CUP, we, Lista Nera Paris, PSG supporters group and CUP members, no longer recognise the current state of the project," read a statement before it added how the group "only wanted one thing from it -- to meet with our friends and support our team together."
"Today, decisions concerning the way the stands are animated and the path the Collective is continuing to take is solely down to just a few of CUP's decision-makers.
"Because of this, we no longer feel we have a place, so we prefer to withdraw from this 'battle,' and allow those who want to manage this mass of supporters and the Parc des Princes stands to do so without speaking for us.
"We will no longer express our solidarity towards future decisions and actions taken by CUP. Our wish is that with this statement, our image is no longer associated with that of the CUP and only with acts that we want to be a part of."
Microbes Paris did not go into the reasons behind their split but did reveal that the decision to leave the CUP had been considered for some time.
"For reasons we do not wish to discuss publicly, and following a period of reflection the leaders and members of our group have been in during recent weeks, we have decided to leave the CUP," read a statement. "We will continue, as we have done since 2006, to support our club everywhere they play and with a fervour that knows no limit."
PSG's ultras recently came back into focus after Olympique Lyonnais' Parc OL home was damaged in areas where the capital club's supporters were housed for the 4-1 thrashing of AS Monaco in the Coupe de la Ligue final, despite the CUP distancing itself from the behaviour.
According to Le Parisien, the CUP dismissed the Karsud group from its ranks because of internal differences over the travel and general running of the collective.
The groups left in the CUP at this time are said to be the K-Soce Team -- CUP president Romain Mabille was formerly a part of this group -- Liberte pour les Abonnes, Le Combat Continue, Le Parias and Nautecia.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.