Invited to follow the draw for the round of 16 of the Coupe de France at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium, the delegation of the US Pays de Cassel (R1) exulted as one man before falling into disbelief when PSG was named as his potential adversary. “Potential” only, because the surprise decision of the FFF executive committee on Friday completely changed the situation for the small northern club.
While his qualification for the 16th round had been validated following the disqualification of Reims Sainte-Anne (N3) and Wasquehal (N2) for a violent general fight during the 8th round on November 20, the Federation has indeed changed of opinion on Friday by asking to replay this meeting, as recommended by the CNOSF. Reims Sainte-Anne and Wasquehal will therefore face each other on Wednesday at Clairefontaine, and the winner will then rub shoulders with the players of Pays de Cassel to try to play this prestigious match against the stars of PSG.
“We are angry, we do not understand how such a turnaround could have happened. We took a hell of a hit on the cap, slipped Sunday evening the president of the Regional 1 club, Jean-Jacques Vaesken, when another leader shouted at the political maneuver. We had received a letter to tell us that our qualification was confirmed and this is no longer the case. We don’t even really have the possibility of appealing or turning around. We will probably play this Saturday or Sunday, dreaming of Paris. We can say that it is the most beautiful of carrots, but we could have already been there. »
PSG would like to postpone their round of 16 to Monday January 23
While the players were both amazed and dejected thinking about a potential clash against PSG, captain Alexis Zmijak summed up this strange atmosphere: “We don’t really know how to react. Let’s say it helps us a little to overcome this injustice. Our preparation is truncated, but this draw restores motivation. Even if it frustrates us too, because we would have been sure to face PSG if the ax on Friday had not fallen. » “It’s not the fact of playing the 32nd that is the problem, it’s the process, the timing. We were all affected. The lack of information is really heavy”, continued the trainer, Samuel Goethals, fatalistic.
Pays de Cassel fans do not yet know when and where they will play their round of 32, probably Saturday or Sunday, and must anticipate all scenarios, while the dream of hosting PSG on the weekend of January 21-22, in Dunkirk, Calais or in an even larger area, is not very far away. The Parisians, who normally have to play a friendly match in Saudi Arabia on January 19 – they would like to postpone their round of 16 to Monday January 23 – are also impatiently awaiting the outcome of this strange situation.