Furiani drama: there will be no more professional matches on May 5

No professional football match will be played on May 5 in France, in tribute to the victims of the Furiani disaster in 1992, after a vote in the Senate on Thursday.

Parliament has indeed definitively adopted a bill which provides that no meeting is disputed to pay tribute to the 19 victims and 2,357 injured in the Armand-Cesari stadium. On May 5, 1992, before the kickoff of the Coupe de France semi-final between Bastia and Olympique de Marseille, the upper part of a provisional stand had collapsed.

The Senate voted by show of hands, without modifications, the text carried by the Corsican deputy Michel Castellani (Liberties and territories), which the National Assembly adopted in February 2020.

Thus, no meeting of Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and Coupe de France can be held on this date after the promulgation of this law by the President of the Republic, in the next 15 days, and its publication in the Official Journal.

For amateur football, the text provides for the organization of a minute of silence and the wearing of a black armband on May 5.

The Minister in charge of the City Nadia Hai specified that the text does not include sanctions, because the Ministry of Sports “works with the football authorities” so that the freezing of matches is respected.

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