Thousands of Eintracht Frankfurt fans are expected in Marseille on Tuesday for the Champions League match between the two teams (9:00 p.m., on RMC Sport 1). Several measures were taken after the outbursts in Nice, last Thursday, against Cologne in the Europa Conference League.
After Barcelona and Seville, will an army of white shirts invade Marseille on Tuesday (9pm, on RMC Sport 1) for the Champions League match between OM and Frankfurt? According to official Eintracht figures, 3,300 supporters will make the official trip to the parking lot. But there could be 5,000 without entry outside the Vélodrome, according to estimates by the Bouches du Rhône Prefecture. Because the supporters of Frankfurt are numerous, loyal and willing to move en masse to the other end of Europe. Last season they impressed by installing themselves en masse at the Camp Nou in the quarter-final second leg (2-3) of the Europa League.
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Things had degenerated in Seville
There were thus more than 30,000 in the Barça compound, humiliated on the ground and in the stands. Very organized, the community of Eintracht supporters had turned to all the tickets put up for sale by the Catalan subscribers absent from the meeting. He had rallied Sevilla by the tens of thousands a few weeks later for the final against Glasgow Rangers (win, 1-1, 5 tab 4). If in Catalonia they had remained wise enough, in the streets of Andalusia things would have degenerated into clashes with the Scottish fans.
This background and the recent violence committed by the FC Cologne hooligans in Nice last Thursday in the Europa Conference League, have fueled fears of new outbursts in the Marseille city, which has already witnessed ultraviolent fights with fans outside the FIFA Cup. World Cup 1998, then Euro 2016.
Three prefectural decrees were taken
Faced with these fears, several measures have been taken to avoid any new overflow in the security devices after the fiascos around the Champions League final, then Nice-Cologne, two years before the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. thus three prefectural orders. The presence of German fans will be prohibited in the surroundings of the stadium. Ticket holders will be taken from Place de la Joliette (where they will meet) by coach and directly to the visitor parking lot. The authorities also prohibited the organization of a procession.
The sale of takeaway alcohol was also prohibited from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th arrondissement of Marseille on Tuesday, September 13. The Bouches du Rhône prefecture has also prohibited any German fan from parking and driving on public roads in the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th arrondissement of Marseille between September 12 (this Monday) at 12 noon and 13 September at 02:00 hours. In the stadium, OM has hired 1,200 people for organization and security. The police will be reinforced with 600 mobile troops, including vandalism specialists. So many ways to prevent potential clashes in the city (in the Old Port in particular) and in the stadium. On this last point, the club believes they have avoided a massive ticket purchase by German fans at the Velodrome in front of the car park.
The enthusiasm of the people of Marseille for the Champions League, the numerous subscribers and the establishment of packs have reduced the risk. German fans seem to have noticed payment defaults on foreign and… German bank cards. If lonely Frankfurt fans are seen in the stadium, they will be taken to the visitors’ parking lot or to a safer area close to the parking lot itself.
In addition, and although the public should be 62,500 spectators at the Vélodrome, there are still a few thousand tickets on sale. OM plans to quickly close the box office to prevent German fans from buying tickets. The Marseille club has condemned precisely 1,500 seats for security reasons and to avoid too much proximity between the German car park and the Marseille fans.
A match placed high on the risk scale
The National Division for the Fight against Hooliganism does it very rarely, but according to our information, for this OM-Frankfurt, it did not hesitate: this match is ranked 5 on a security risk scale of 5.
Since the European Cup draw, he had ranked this match in 4th place. But after the violence in Nice against Cologne, he decided to raise it to the highest level. Along with RMC Sport, some police present in Nice and who will be in Marseille say they are “very concerned”. Same content to the FFF that will feverishly observe the surroundings of the Velodrome. “We are very, very worried. I am afraid that we have underestimated the number of Germans who will go to Marseille,” confides a federal source.
Beyond the 3,300 Frankfurt fans who have tickets, the authorities mentioned in their prefectural decree a maximum figure of 5,000 Eintracht fans without tickets. However, this estimate is very difficult to confirm. The German club has made it known to OM in the last few hours that we are heading more towards the 2 or 3,000 fans who would make the trip without a venue for the match.
The very important security system (600 members of the police, 1,200 people in charge of security) will start to be implemented this Monday night, because the authorities expect to see the Germans arrive in Marseille as soon as tonight or overnight. A new tense day is preparing.
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