Hundreds of Barcelona fans flout Covid guidelines by setting off flares and fireworks outside of the Nou Camp ahead of Champions League clash with PSG

  • Barcelona fans have gathered outside the Nou Camp before tonight’s game
  • Hundreds of fans are breaking Covid rules to welcome their team to the stadium
  • Anti-PSG rallies have been taking place while fireworks were set off nearby 

Hundreds of Barcelona supporters have flouted Covid guidelines by gathering outside the Nou Camp to set off fireworks and stage protests against PSG ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash.

Spain is currently under a nationwide curfew until early May which means Spanish citizens are forbidden from meeting up in groups of more than six people.

However, in the hours building up to Barcelona’s first leg encounter with PSG, huge numbers of the club’s supporters gathered in the streets to sing songs, set off fireworks and flares while they waited for the team buses to arrive at the stadium.

A large number of Barca fans have flouted Covid guidelines to gather outside the Nou Camp

A large number of Barca fans have flouted Covid guidelines to gather outside the Nou Camp

Fans set of flares while crowding together as they waited for teams to arrive on Tuesday

Fans set of flares while crowding together as they waited for teams to arrive on Tuesday

Video footage showed large groups marching towards the Nou Camp while wearing Barcelona colours before waiting outside the ground to show their support.

According to Mundo Deportivo, fans then surrounded Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman’s car as he arrived at the stadium, before he was eventually ushered through by stewards ahead of tonight’s kick-off. 

A section of Barcelona fans were also seen holding banners rallying against PSG, which labelled the French club as a ‘b***h’. 

It comes hours after a number of fans set off fireworks outside of the hotel where PSG’s players have been staying, as they tried to stop Mauricio Pochettino and his men from getting a good night’s rest the night before the game. 

Hundreds of the club's supporters held banners up protesting against Paris Saint-Germain

Hundreds of the club’s supporters held banners up protesting against Paris Saint-Germain

Hundreds of supporters have disobeyed Covid regulations to be outside the stadium

Hundreds of supporters have disobeyed Covid regulations to be outside the stadium

The relationship between the two teams have become increasingly strained in recent years, which has come as a result of Barcelona’s stunning 6-1 Champions League comeback over the Parisians in 2017. 

Then a year later, PSG managed to prize away Neymar from the Catalan giants for a world record £200million, which has added more animosity ever since.

However, the rivalry was renewed in recent months after the French club publicly pursued Barca talisman Lionel Messi, who handed in a shock transfer request last summer following months of unrest at the club.

Recent reports have suggested that Neymar has been trying to convince the Argentine to join his cause in Paris, which has seen tensions between the clubs reach breaking point.

Fans were seen chanting and banging drums in anticipation for Tuesday's game in Barcelona

Fans were seen chanting and banging drums in anticipation for Tuesday’s game in Barcelona

The Brazilian forward, who has been ruled out of the game against Barca with injury, has spoken of his desire to reunite with Messi, freely admitting publicly in December that he is desperate to play with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner again. 

‘What I want most of all is to play with Messi again, to be able to enjoy him once again on the pitch,’ Neymar told ESPN.

‘He can play in my place, I have no problem with that! But I want to play with him next year, for sure. We have to do it next season.’ 





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