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They will cheer from Paris: Why were the women of Lionel Messi and Neymar not at the stadium?

It is customary to have the families of players at the stadium for both home and away matches but today is different for PSG players.  

They will cheer from Paris: Why were the women of Lionel Messi and Neymar not at the stadium?

Lionel Messi's wife Antonella Roccuzzo is a popular figure at FC Barcelona football matches when Lionel Messi was at Barcelona and was also present for Lionel Messi's first match at PSG against Reims but for the match against Olympique Marseille she and Messi's sons will be cheering from home.

The French authorities prevented PSG fans from travelling for the away match Because of the history of violence in the match. The announcement ordered that away fans avoid the match and that the only set of fans allowed are those of Olympique Marseille.

There are 65,000 fans inside Marseille's Stade Velodrome, all of whom are Marseille fans which certainly puts a lot of pressure on PSG players who could certainly be intimidated by the noise of the fans but it may not be an enough reason for a poor performance with the kind of attacking players at the club.

La Classique is one of the biggest matches of a football season in France and has a history of violence. Repeated violence has occurred in football matches in France and still occur today in the match between Nantes and Bordeaux.

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