Paris Saint-Germain billionaire CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi accused of 'poisoning' squad after capitulation


Paris Saint-Germain CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been blamed for the end of season capitulation at the French giants that's resulted in their worst campaign in seven years.

The Ligue 1 giants started the new season with a renewed sense of optimism with German coach Thomas Tuchel at the helm and the attacking trio of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani spearheading the assault for multiple honours.

With the UEFA Champions League title the clear target, given the fact that now Arsenal boss Unai Emery was sacked after winning two consecutive domestic trebles - the 2018/19 season has unravelled in disastrous fashion.

PSG will finish the season with only league honours, which they struggled to wrap up after shock defeats to LOSC Lille, Nantes and a draw to Strasbourg over the past month.

And this has been blamed on their billionaire chairman who has financed the star-studded squad in Paris over the treatment of academy graduate Adrien Rabiot - who has been left to train with the reserve side since refusing to sign a new contract. 

"The president [Al-Khelaifi] has made a completely unfair decision and everybody knows that," his agent Veronique Rabiot told Agence France Presse. "By doing this, he has instilled a poison in his team, which has done its work over the past five months -- Nasser has broken his own team up because he forgot about the human factor.

"When you make decisions in life, there are short, medium and long-term consequences. Failing to understand that when you are the president of a football club is to not know football, nor football players. Above all, it shows that you do not know men."
She added that the ordeal has clearly affected the majority of the squad: "His teammates know that Adrien is suffering, even if he says nothing -- that suffering resonates.
"I am not saying that it is a conscious thing, I actually think that it is totally subconscious from the other players. However, there is a gangrene there. Nasser has taken away their serenity -- you cannot ignore it when one of the best players in your team is abused in front of your eyes."