After Nice-Cologne, European week at risk in the stadiums

, After Nice-Cologne, European week at risk in the stadiums

Stadiums under surveillance in France: overtaken by the violence during Nice-Cologne, French (Site notre bureau spécialisé) approaches the European posters of the week between caution and « reinforced device »fearing new clashes during Marseille-Frankfurt on Tuesday, Rennes-Fenerbahçe and Monaco-Ferencvaros on Thursday.

After a 2021-2022 season disrupted by repeated outbursts of supporters, culminating in the fiasco of the organizations of the Champions League final at the Stade de France at the end of May, France fears to plunge again.

The scenes of chaos observed at the Allianz-Riviera in Nice during the reception of Cologne (1-1) in the Europa League conference on Thursday brought back very bad memories: fights between supporters inside the city , also involving former Parisian ultras, throwing smoke bombs, degradation in the city center… These incidents have made 32 blessings.

You want to find out about the idea of ​​finding new supporters in the Champions League and the Europa League, among those particular to Eintracht Frankfurt, traveling to Marseille on Tuesday (9:00 p.m.).

“It looks just as complicated” at the Vélodrome, notes for AFP Ronan Evain, general manager of the (Site notre blog d’information) Supporters Europe network, who explores the lack of anticipation of the authorities and clubs in the preparation of these risky trips, as in nice last Thursday. « It’s not about clearing people who have decided to cross the red line. The problem is that we have infrastructures and a security culture that are failing and only increase this risk- the »he asserts.

For Marseille-Frankfurt, the police prefecture says for its part to plan a « reinforced security device ». She a « well learned from previous matches and mobilized substantial additional forces »we argue from a source close to the file.

The security device is 1,200 people on the OM side, plus a deployment of elements of the forces of order manifested at 500 or 600 men. About forty German stadiums will also be present. According to the authorities, Eintracht expects the arrival of 3,300 supporters holding tickets and up to 5,000 other people without titles.

FC Cologne and Nice supporters fight before the Europa Conference League soccer match at the Allianz Riviera in Nice on September 8, 2022. (NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP)

A decree prohibits Frankfurt supporters displaying themselves as such from parking or circular near the Velodrome on Tuesday, « with the exception of those transported in coaches and buses escorted by the internal security forces ». The sale of alcoholic beverages to take away will also be prohibited from 2 p.m. Tuesday in the boroughs of the city center.

And to avoid friction between supporters inside the Vélodrome, OM plans to create a kind of buffer zone around the parking lot. « We are not quiet, argues a source within OM. We want to do everything to prevent things from going wrong. »

The available Frankfurt supporters are talking about them in May in Seville, during the Europa League final won against Glasgow Rangers, with an evening fight between ultras of the two clubs. Eintracht has also been under the threat of a disciplinary closed session since the invasion of the field following the C3 semi-final against West Ham. On the Marseille side, the last two European matches at the Vélodrome had also been marked by incidents.

In Rennes, where the fiery Turkish fans of Fenerbahçe are expected on Thursday (9 p.m.), and in Monaco, where the Hungarian supporters of Ferencvaros, some of whom are linked to the hooligan movement, will travel the same day (6:45 p.m.), vigilance will also be required. lousy.

To limit the uncontrolled influx of opposing supporters, Stade Rennes has decided to limit the sale of tickets to its subscriptions and to the 1,395 visitor parking spaces, using the gauge of its stadium from 30,000 to 19,000 places. In Monaco, 800 Hungarians are not frequented, not 600 in the park, and sales restrictions have been applied.

As for the people of Nice, on a trip Thursday (9:00 p.m.) to Belgrade to face Partizan in the Europa League Conference, they are moving in an atmosphere that promises to be hot, despite the partial closure of the Serbian stadium for disciplinary reasons. In September 2009, a young French supporter, Brice Taton, died at the age of 28 after falling down the stairs during a violent attack on the sidelines of a European match in Toulouse against Partizan.