MANCHESTER UNITED have been brought into France’s most fervent footballing rivalry with Marseille fans taunting Paris Saint-Germain over their recent loss to the Red Devils.
In knocking the Ligue 1 leaders out of the Champions League in midweek, United inadvertently made friends on the southern French coast.
The banner took aim at PSG’s latest European struggles
Marseille fans unveiled a banner before their game with Nice on Sunday, itself something of a local derby.
It read: “1-3 in your ass QSG.
The reasoning behind calling the club QSG stems from disputes over the large amounts of investment put in by their Qatari backers.
In fact, “Qatar Saint-Germain” has occasionally been adopted as their official name in places such as the pages of Marseille based newspaper La Provence.
The rivalry between the teams stems from them generally being France’s biggest and most well-supported clubs, escalated by the social and cultural differences between the regions.
Matches are dubbed Le Classique and demand a heavy police presence to prevent violent clashes between fans.
However the scoreline has been dominated by PSG in recent years, the capital club winning 15 of their last 18 meetings ahead of next weekend’s derby.