“We are really sick of our sport being vilified in this way.” The Minister of Sport and the Olympic Games, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, reacted strongly after the clashes at the Allianz Riviera in Nice (Alpes-Maritimes) on Thursday 8 September, on the sidelines of the Europa League Conference match against Cologne. Thirty-two people were injured and among them, a supporter was placed in “absolute emergency” after falling from five meters between two levels of a grandstand. His life prognosis is no longer committed. “He is a Frenchman, a Parisian fan who was in the German ranks “, said Thursday Benoît Hubert, chief of staff of the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes. The prefect of the department, Bernard Gonzales, confirmed this Friday to France Bleu Azur.
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On Thursday at the stadium the presence of the Parisian supporters of the “Supras Auteuil” ultragroup was noticed, as their tarpaulin was clearly visible next to those of the German supporters. In some videos visible on social media, we see a man wearing a balaclava with the colors of PSG (blue, white and red) fall into the void.
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What were these Parisian fans doing in the bays of the Allianz Riviera for a match that was not about PSG? Their presence may seem all the more surprising since the group of “Supras Auteuil 91 “has no official existence since its dissolution by decree of April 28, 2010. The decision is followed the death of a Parisian fan from the Boulogne stand, beaten by the ultras from the Auteuil stand, before the PSG-OM meeting on 28 February 2010 at the Parc des Princes.
“Supras Auteuil are, since 2003, friends of Wilde Horde, the ultras group of FC Cologne”, explains to franceinfo Michel *, former ultra of the Auteuil corner of the Parc des Princes. A closeness confirmed on his Facebook account by Sébastien Louis, author of the book Ultras, the other protagonists of football (edited by Mare & Martin, 2017).
In an interview with turn.paris, Selim, former president of Supras Auteuil 91, justifies this friendship: “FC Cologne are a club that is the exact opposite of the PSG QSI version of the communication and money project. They are a rooted club with a superb tradition and history even if they do not have the team they deserve. To have, like us. in Paris for almost fifteen years. Cologne is one of the largest German cities, with a true local cultural identity, a dialect, Kölsch, a very rich folklore and above all an entire city absolutely crazy about its club. Wilde’s Horde supported us in the most difficult moments, they were always present at our side “.
“Since 2010, the eldest of this Ultras group has been traveling with Wilde’s Horde, adds Michele. Their presence at the Allianz Riviera was therefore quite predictable for the authorities, especially when we know the antagonisms between Nice and Parisian fans. But, even without this antagonism, the Supras would have made the journey. “
For the moment it is impossible to know the role of Parisian fans in the events that took place in the stands. The investigations opened by the judicial court of Nice for degradation in the meetings on the official store of the Nice club, violence in the matches around the stadium and violence in the meetings inside could shed light on the implications of the different fan groups.
For its part, the PSG dissociated itself from the actions of these supporters and condemned “with the utmost firmness the violence committed during the match between OGC Nice and FC Cologne”. The Parisian club points out that the members of the Supras Auteuil group “they are not recognized supporters of the PSG and cannot enter the Parc des Princes” and said to study “the follow-up to be given to the damage caused to his reputation by the work of the latter”.
* The name has been changed.