As highlighted by Marca, players and coaching staff from both sides were delayed in accessing the stadium on Tuesday evening ahead of kick-off due to large groups of fans – with flares and fireworks – gathering outside the facilities.
🏟️ Sigue llegando gente al Camp Nou… pic.twitter.com/UzULMEkzil
— Diario SPORT (@sport) February 16, 2021
This goes against official health advice throughout Catalonia, Spain and wider Europe that fans should remain at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
🔥🔥AMBIENTE MUY CALIENTE en los alrededores del Camp Nou a 2 HORAS del Barça-PSG. (📹@10JoseAlvarez)
— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) February 16, 2021
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi was greeted by chants of ‘thief’ from the home fans due to the club’s pursuit of Messi, while there were also multiple derogatory banners and chants towards the French club
The game is being staged behind closed doors, while the report adds that fans had previously gathered outside PSG’s hotel in order to disrupt their preparation for the match.