C1 – Accidents in Nice, anticipated clashes, great security measures: Marseille under close surveillance

C1 – Accidents in Nice, anticipated clashes, great security measures: Marseille under close surveillance

C1 – Accidents in Nice, anticipated clashes, great security measures: Marseille under close surveillance

A scene of chaos even before kick-off. Last Thursday the Allianz Riviera, OGC Nice’s usual football stadium, turned into a horror theater as the Aiglons prepared to host Cologne in the Europa League, with a record of 18 injured, including a past almost irreparable. Less than a week later, it is to be feared that new overflows could overshadow Olympique de Marseille’s Champions League game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday.

I invite the fans to make it a celebration of football, to be an example of support from the fans, because not only will it be followed everywhere in France, but also in the world.Olympique de Marseille manager Igor Tudor told a press conference on Monday. So the fans really need to be able to support the club and show that they are good fans, that there are no problems. But I’m sure everything will be fine. I hope it will be a nice vacation for all families and for everyone “.

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However, ties between French and German supporters are already too degraded not to fear a new evening of terror. For their second C1 match this season, the Marseillais are expected to welcome more than 3,300 Frankfurt fans, according to official club figures. An already substantial number but that the prefecture of Bouches du Rhône has already raised to 5,000 by counting those that should be near the Nice stadium.

Prefectural decrees

In theory, such a mass of people cannot come together. Faced with the fear of new clashes, the prefecture has published three ordinances to this effect and will be based on a “reinforced safety device“. The first text purely and simply forbids the presence of “anyone who claims to be a supporter of Eintracht Frankfurt” around the Velodrome stadium. Afterwards, the ticket holders for the gathering will be escorted to the Place de la Joliette to be grouped and taken by coach directly to the visitor parking.

Furthermore, no parade will be able to parade through the streets of Marseille. The sale of takeaway alcohol will be prohibited on Tuesdays from 2pm to 9pm in the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th arrondissements of Marseille. Finally, the prefecture prohibits any German supporter from parking and driving on public roads in these same districts between Tuesday 12 September at 12 noon and Wednesday 13 September at 2 am.

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The prefecture claims to have it “I learned the lessons of the previous matches well (where scattered clashes occurred, ed) and mobilized substantial additional forces”a source familiar with the matter told AFP.

Inside the stadium itself, 1,200 people will be dedicated to organization and safety, as well as an estimated 500 or 600 law enforcement personnel deployment, as well as professionals accustomed to taking action against hooliganism. If such a device was thought of, it is partly because the encounter is exposed to a high degree of danger. According to information from RMC Sport, the National Division for Combating Hooliganism would also have classified it at level 5 (out of 5) on its security risk scale.

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History of each of the two teams

If clashes are to be feared, it is also because the two clubs have already faced violence on the sidelines of their matches. Already last April, OM hosted PAOK Thessaloniki at the Stade Vélodrome for a C4 match. The city had then suffered the passage of Greek supporters and acts of violence by the Marseillais. Several had been arrested, in particular for violence against a public authority holder and for attempting to introduce smoke bombs or throw a bullet at a bus.

Inside the stadium, the lawn had disappeared under the fog left by the smoke bombs. Then, during the match, the seats were stolen in parallel with the movements of the crowd and the verbal and physical clashes between the supporters of the two clubs. “It’s a shame for football and your city of Marseille”, he then estimated the coach of PAOK Thessaloniki, Razvan Lucescu.

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As for Frankfurt, the fans of the German club stood out during a Europa League match last season. Away to Seville, tens of thousands of people went away and the Andalusian city then experienced clashes between German and Scottish fans on the sidelines of the C3 final against Glasgow Rangers.

Faced with the lurking threat, the Marseille authorities decided to set up their system on Monday, anticipating potential German arrivals the day before the Champions League match, or even overnight.. “We are not at peace, a source inside OM told AFP. We want to do everything to prevent things from going wrong. “A new shadow hangs over the Old Port and its mythical lair, the Velodrome.

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