France should urgently strengthen the safety of soccer stadiums

France should urgently strengthen the safety of soccer stadiums, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin mentioned on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, following a gathering with French Sports Minister Roxana Maracignano, after the newest incident of mass bother within the nation just lately.

Darmanan mentioned that the French authorities are learning a number of choices, together with imposing a ban on followers and stadiums, putting extra surveillance cameras round stadiums, and figuring out who can have the authority to cancel matches within the occasion of fan violence.

The assembly comes after Olympique Lyonnais’ match towards its company Olympique de Marseille on Sunday was canceled on account of rioting by followers.

On Monday, the Disciplinary Committee of the First Division League determined to carry Olympique Lyon matches within the competitors behind closed doorways till a choice is taken within the ongoing investigations into the occasions of the match on the eighth of subsequent month.

“We need measures to prevent things like this from happening again so that football remains a popular game,” Darmanan advised reporters.

The match was canceled about two hours after referee Rudi Paquet stopped the match within the fifth minute after followers threw a water bottle from the stands and hit the top of Dimitri Payet, a Marseille participant.

Referee Paquet determined to return the gamers to the dressing room after Payet fell to the bottom whereas he was making ready to take a nook kick.

Payet missed coaching on Monday, and Radio Monte Carlo reported that Marseille was urgent for expenses to be introduced towards these concerned.

The stadium’s inside broadcaster had initially mentioned that the match can be accomplished based mostly on a choice by the native authorities in Lyon.

However, the French League instantly criticized this step and known as in a press release an emergency assembly of the disciplinary committee to determine after which Olympique Lyonnais can be banned from enjoying at dwelling till investigations are accomplished and a choice is taken within the incident on the eighth of subsequent December.

Accordingly, Lyon will play its matches at dwelling with out followers, beginning on Wednesday, towards Stade Reims.

The French league witnessed many circumstances of rioting this season and Nice have been deducted two factors, certainly one of which was suspended after the followers clashed with the Marseille gamers in the course of the two groups’ confrontation in August.

In September, the beginning of the second half of the match between Lance and Lille on the North Summit was postponed for about half an hour after the followers of the 2 groups clashed earlier than a bunch of followers stormed the stadium, which led to the intervention of the riot police.

Other incidents occurred in Montpellier, Angers, Marseille and Saint-Etienne.

The French Sports Minister warned that these incidents pose a risk to the monetary situations {of professional} soccer within the nation.

“We have fought during the global health crisis to get the fans back into the stadiums and we will not allow things like this to happen again,” she added.


Arab Observer

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