Supporters: The Return of Trouble

Supporters: The Return of Trouble

Serious incidents confronted the supporters of Auxerre and Marseille on the sidelines of the match then being played at the Abbé-Deschamps. The sad sight of a razed restaurant terrace will probably come as a consolation to hard-liners on the matter, particularly in favor of a blanket ban on outside fans. However, should we not also ask ourselves about the issue of police and security management of this type of so-called “at risk” ?

There are only a few reliable and source elements around this pitched battle that took place for fifteen minutes, early Saturday afternoon. Apparently, 80 Auxerrois and 150 Marseillais opposed, according to figures provided by the police, in front of the Espacio Piscina restaurant, a few steps from the Abbé-Deschamps. The essential (profile of the protagonists, cause of the brawl, etc.) remains unknown. However, all the testimonies collected by the press or on Twitter converge and confirm the violence of the confrontation between the two antagonistic groups. On the other hand, it is impossible to determine which sections of the stands were involved, particularly given the lack of arrests. The family clientele present in the establishment, including children, miraculously escaped thanks to the coldness of the staff. Since then, all the rumors have circulated and contradictory versions begin to flourish, especially on social networks. provenceciting the Phocaeans, opens the way to the provocation of some fifty boys “presenting for a good part of them third-line templates” , towards the Marseillais gathered in front of the Bar des Stades (which for its part complains of numerous thefts, including packages from Chronopost and Colissimo). In addition, the possibility of the presence of elements “outside” , Parisians in particular, has been denounced but never verified. Once again, the security forces were unable to catch any “fighter” his identity is difficult to establish…

Longoria: “We condemn all incidents”

Naturally, these clashes come to a head, while the methods of managing followers, and thus travel, remain unresolved. The LFP, through its president, repeated it: it is out of the question to revive a new nightmare season in this area. Furthermore, the seriousness of the events cannot be underestimated. Fortunately, the worst was avoided given the intensity of the fighting and the large presence of civilians, simple customers, including many children who were not injured. The world of the stands remains in tension since the end of the measures linked to Covid. The rivalries even seem to have been exacerbated. This does not excuse anything, nor does it clarify those responsible. The feeling of waste is immense. Abbé-Deschamps was packed for this long-awaited clash with AJA’s return to Ligue 1. More than 1,100 Marseilles filled the official parking lot. At a press conference, Pablo Longoria, president of Olympique de Marseille, praised the dialogue with the fan groups and the desire to avoid confrontations: “We talk to the fans, we understand that it is Marseille, we understand the fervor, but we have to take safety into account. It’s normal, it’s not pleasant for us or for anyone to see incidents in the stadium, on the street, with fans from different teams. And we condemn all incidents. »

The Stade de France fiasco in mind


There is a taboo subject that no one seems to want to talk about: tense matches are a reality. So, how is it possible to control them without depriving the different audiences of these clashes that make the salt -and the profitability- of football? The Stade de France fiasco in the C1 final highlighted worrying flaws in France’s conception and approach to the public and public safety during this type of event. “potentially explosive encounters” . For Marseille, the movement of the Greeks of PAOK also illustrated this weakness in the prevention and control of confrontations. Nothing very reassuring as OM prepares to host Tottenham, Frankfurt and Sporting in the Champions League.

So how could the security forces ignore the preparation and then the start of a pitched battle a few hundred meters from the stadium? The restaurateur told our colleagues at France Bleu that he had warned the police: “At noon the Auxerre fans tell me that the Marseille fans want to fight against Space. I call the police station, they tell me that there is no staff. A quarter of an hour later, the Auxerre fans see me again because they still haven’t seen a patrol. They ask me to call them back, that’s what I do. They tell me : “We can’t come, we’re under interrogation.” I called the police station when everything was broken. They arrived ten minutes later. » The prefecture of Yonne, for its part, responds that “The situation regained calm a few minutes after the start of the confrontation thanks to the intervention of the police” . Of course, it is important to hold the ultra movement accountable and, of course, the management of the clubs. It may also be necessary to demand that the actions of the authorities, as their mission within the Republic, be in accordance with the possible risks and therefore ensure the safety of the entire public, guaranteeing the smooth running of the meeting.

By Nicholas Kssis-Martov

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