Fear for ultras in France

The last friday, during the Paris FC-Olympique de Lyon, corresponding to the thirty-second of the French Cup, Another incident related to the ultras took place that caused, as usual, the definitive suspension of the meeting. It is the latest shame that French football has experienced in a season in which the escalation of violence is already an unstoppable phenomenon, becoming a matter of State for the Executive chaired by Emmanuel Macron.

Before the game between Paris and Lyon, the LFP met this week to tighten all measures in the stadiums starting next season. The highest body of French football announced the definitive ban on plastic bottles inside the fields, in addition to decreeing that, in the event of a player or referee being injured by a bottle or similar object, the match would be suspended definitely.

The problem with what happened on Friday at the Stade Charléty is that the Coupe de France depends directly on the Federation and Ligue 1 on the LFP. Although it is strictly forbidden in their regulations to introduce flares into stadiums, Lyon’s ultra radicals skipped any protocol and entered the pitch with multiple flares that, a posteriori, they threw the Paris FC fans As AS has been able to confirm, several PSG ultras infiltrated the Paris field to rebuke the Lyon ultras, something that could have been the main trigger for the incidents that derived a posteriori in the definitive suspension of the meeting. In fact, in the first part, the Paris ultras sang “Paris, Paris, on t’encule” (no need to translate it), which is a song used by many teams in France to express their hatred of PSG.

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Yesterday was the sixth game to be suspended throughout the season in France due to the invasion of the ultras. It all started in August with a Montpellier-Marseille game after Rongier received a bottle from a local fan. Later, Nice-Marseille was, together with Lyon-Marseille and Paris-Lyon this Friday, the only three games that did not resume due to the incidents that occurred in the stands. Although nothing has been confirmed, Olympique de Lyon carries a significant risk of being eliminated in the French Cup by the fault of its fans, who yesterday, in addition to throwing flares at the fans of the Parisian team, invaded the field just before the start of the match. second half.

On the other hand, the Federation, headed by its president Le Graët, has already opened an investigation to clarify the facts and make a decision regarding the resumption of Paris-Lyon. During the coming weeks, the highest instance of the Coupe de France will try to establish, as the LFP has already done, a new protocol whose main objective is to try to avoid images such as those that have been happening throughout the season in the French stadiums.

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