Who is responsible? After the violent incidents of Nice-Cologne, everyone blames each other

Who is responsible?  After the violent incidents of Nice-Cologne, everyone blames each other

After the attack by German hooligans, associated with former members of Supras Auteuil, a group of Parisian ultras dissolved in 2010, at the Allianz Riviera, Jean-Pierre Rivère had great difficulty hiding his anger.

In a fine juggling act, the President of Nice did his best not to point fingers at the many mistakes made by the authorities that made possible these surreal scenes, of sudden and extreme violence, and the staggering 32 injured. , all for a Europa League conference match between Nice and Cologne.

“He’s fed up. When you see it live, it’s terrible, reacted on friday Jean-Pierre Rivere. When you relive it the next morning for the second time in flashback, it’s even worse. The photos are terrible. This is no longer possible. Football is a sport, a game, we welcome families, children…”, he commented when 8,000 German supporters were present.

“It’s not bearable anymore. We don’t have the legal right not to sell tickets. But compared to what happened, we wonder what we’re going to do next. Stop having penalties and welcome fewer fans.”

The president of OGC Nice was still in shock on Friday. Photo Sebastian Bottle.

When the city of Nice recalls the role of the prefect and the State…

If Rivère was careful not to accuse anyone, the first deputy from Nice, antonio erase disclaims all responsibility and insisted that the City Council not “could not be held jointly and severally liable”. He remembers that “The security of national and international sporting events is the responsibility of the State.”

“During such events, the municipal police mainly deal with traffic. Maintaining order is absolutely not part of their competence. The state has mobile companies, CRS, for that. Elsewhere, what these companies tried to do Thursday night night”.

…who does not hesitate to charge the clubs in Nice and Germany

On the part of the Prefect of the Maritime Alps Bernard Gonzalez, it is estimated that “Until an hour before the game, the situation was maintained despite some clashes.”

The latter did not hesitate to accuse the club, the lack of training of the Nice commissioners, the German management and to clear himself of all responsibility.

The supposed lightness of the filtering? “The filtering, the palpation, is the responsibility of the club. At the top of the west and north stairs, we had CRS. I remind you that the responsibility inside the stadium belongs to the club”.

The butlers? “They quickly became overwhelmed. Some left, others reacted as they could. It is a profession that needs to be better supervised, better trained, more homogeneous”.

And the exchange of information with the German club?

From the beginning, the club’s willingness to collaborate with us has been quite limited. We discovered on D-Day a much higher number of buses than advertised, meeting places that were not planned.

The prefect of the Maritime Alps Bernard González. Photo Cirilo Dodergny.

The Allianz Riviera? It’s “Open Bar”

If the actors are numerous in this story, there must also be a unity of place: in this case the Allianz Riviera, which hosted the meeting. “We have a stadium that is a magnificent tool, but we have a very high security complexity”, explained, cool tone, Jean-Pierre Rivère, the president of Nice.

In this stadium, except for the visitor parking which is a bit airtight, everything else is “open bar”. They tell us that this stadium cannot be divided into sectors. If it were, we’d make things safer.

An opinion shared by the prefect of the Maritime Alps. “What needs to be seen is that our stadium is not at all suitable for hosting games of this level. It is a friendly stadium, but there should be partitions and sectors that we can isolate. As long as we don’t have that, the club may be surprised. I demand that this stadium is safe! It will be when there is a sectorization and plexiglass to separate the fans”.

“What happens in the stadium or around the stadium is not our responsibility. The mayor was there, along with the prefect and the prosecutor. From the first incidents, Christian Estrosi called for the cancellation of the meeting. But, again, this decision did not is ours”emphasizes Anthony Borré.

The kick-off of the match was delayed 55 minutes due to serious incidents in the stadium. Last night, the operator of the Allianz Riviera waived any responsibility. Photo Sebastian Bottle.

As a reminder, this venue does not belong to OGC Nice, nor to the city council. It is operated by NES, Nice green stadium, a subsidiary of the Vinci group. The latter set off a press release.

When asked about the lack of sectorization of the stands, which allowed the attack of German and Parisian hooligans, the operator recalled that this venue had been built “according to a program established by the city of Nice, owner of the team, in line with UEFA’s requirements to host Euro 2016″. Therefore, it only responded to one specification.

NES Continues: OGC Nice Didn’t Formulate”no written or oral request to change the sectorization of the stands”, in the same way as the city of Nice or the Prefecture of the Maritime Alps.

NES is available for interested parties to examine the conditions under which adjustments could be made, as was the case with the installation of safety nets in the stands.

These had been installed after the famous Nice-OM in August 2021 and the release of a bottle to Dimitri Payet.

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