Paris Saint-Germain summer newcomer Achraf Hakimi was heavily targeted by domestic spectators at the French Supercup presentation this evening.
Xeka on target
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are currently in their first competitive game of the new season.
After gaining stardom last time in the Coupe de France, the capital giants were tasked with beating Lille in the Trophee des Champions on Saturday night.
As things stand, PSG has everything to do.
With players like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and newcomer Sergio Ramos not yet available for selection after their respective summer holidays, Pochettino had to field a severely weakened team for tonight’s game.
And Lille has so far taken full advantage of the fights of its defeated opponents.
The French champions led with a goal to zero after Xeka shot the game straight into the net with a thunderous right-footed shot:
This is a missile!
Xeka unleashes a thunderous blow that Keylor Navas cannot save
on???? Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 1, 2021
In the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv that evening, as described above, the focus was not on what was happening on the field itself.
Instead, it comes in the form of ongoing events in the crowd.
Those in attendance, mostly of Israeli background, have singled out PSG full-back Achraf Hakimi for boos and ridicule every time the Moroccan is in possession:
Achraf Hakimi booed in Tel Aviv. pic.twitter.com/Jg0kdU4Lou
on???? BNR (@brnrftbl) August 1, 2021
There is now an explanation for such actions after Hakimi made clear his support for Palestine on social media at the height of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in May:
PSG face Lille in Tel Aviv, Israel for the French Supercup. So far, no big action in the first 10 minutes, but Achraf Hakimi is whistled loudly every time he touches the ball … here’s why. pic.twitter.com/Cowg1xI42d
on???? Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) August 1, 2021
Viewers from around the world have, in turn, flooded to Twitter, with the vast majority backing PSG’s under-fire summer addition:
Playing that game in Israel was a bad idea, those idiots booing Hakimi over and over again.
on???? Themba Mazibuko (@ Nzima03) August 1, 2021
Hakimi is not booed for supporting Palestine. What the hell
on???? | gio fan (@softdortmund) August 1, 2021
on???? L. (@orientalfeet) August 1, 2021
Forza @AhrafHakimi stay positive and strong
on???? Slow motion $ (@skiimoes) August 1, 2021
Hope Hakimi hits a top corner https://t.co/1kyUFHNBs4
on???? Wayne (@ WaynesWorld20_) August 1, 2021
on???? A (@a__mohamood) August 1, 2021
Hakimi is a tough guy who thrives even better under hostility and pressure.
Your boos will not affect him in any way, either in terms of performance or in terms of principle. https://t.co/6oCeGCqVXN pic.twitter.com/GuVnNmVwcL
on???? RedDevilJoseph (@RedDevilJoseph) August 1, 2021
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