Thousands of Eintracht Frankfurt fans are expected in Marseille on Tuesday for the Champions League match between the two teams (21:00, on RMC Sport 1). Several measures were taken after the overflows in Nice, last Thursday, against Cologne in the Europa Conference League.
After Barcelona and Sevilla, will an army of white shirts invade Marseille on Tuesday (21:00, on RMC Sport 1) for the Champions League match between OM and Frankfurt? According to official Eintracht data, 3,300 fans will make the official trip to the parking lot. But there could be 5,000 without tickets outside the Velodrome, according to estimates by the Prefecture of Bouches du Rhône. Because the followers of Frankfurt are numerous, loyal and ready to move en masse to the other end of Europe. Last season, they made an impression by settling massively at the Camp Nou in the quarter-finals of the second leg (2-3) of the Europa League.
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Things had degenerated in Seville
There were therefore more than 30,000 in the Barça enclosure, humiliated on the ground and in the stands. Very organized, the community of Eintracht fans had thrown themselves on all the tickets put back on sale by the Catalan subscribers absent for the match. A few weeks later, Sevilla had recovered back to tens of thousands for the final against Glasgow Rangers (win, 1-1, 5 tab 4). If they had remained quite wise in Catalonia, things had degenerated in the streets of Andalusia with clashes with Scottish fans.
This background and the recent violence committed by FC Cologne thugs in Nice last Thursday in the Europa Conference League have fueled fears of new explosions in the city of Marseille, which has already witnessed ultraviolent clashes with FIFA Cup fans on the sidelines. . 1998 World Cup, then Euro 2016.
Three prefectoral decrees have been adopted
Faced with these fears, various measures have been taken to avoid any new overflow of safety devices after the fiascos around the Champions League final, then Nice-Cologne, two years after the 2024 Paris Olympics. Three prefectural ordinances were thus taken . The presence of German fans around the stadium will be prohibited. Ticket holders will be picked up from Place de la Joliette (where they will be collected) by bus and directly to the visitor parking. The authorities also banned the staging of a procession.
On Tuesday 13 September, the sale of take-away alcohol was also banned from 14:00 to 21:00 in the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th arrondissements of Marseille. The prefecture of Bouches du Rhône has also banned any German supporter from parking and driving on public roads in the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th arrondissements of Marseille between 12 September (this Monday) at 12 noon and 13 September at 2am. In the stadium, OM hired 1,200 people for organization and safety. The police will be reinforced with 600 mobile forces, including hooliganism specialists. Many ways to prevent potential clashes in the city (in the Porto Vecchio in particular) and at the stadium. On the latter point, the club thinks they have avoided a massive purchase of tickets by German fans in the Velodrome outside the parking lot.
The enthusiasm of the Marseillais for the Champions League, the many members and the preparation of the packages have reduced the risk. German fans seem to have noticed missed payments on foreign and … German cards. If solo Frankfurt fans are spotted in the stadium, they will be taken to the visitor parking lot or to a safer area near the same parking lot.
Furthermore, and while the crowd is expected to be 62,500 spectators at the Vélodrome, there are still a few thousand tickets on sale. OM plans to close the ticket office quickly to avoid buying tickets from German supporters. The Marseille club has condemned 1,500 seats for safety reasons and to avoid too much proximity between the German parking lot and the Marseille fans.
A game positioned high on the risk scale
The National Division for the Fight Against Hooliganism does this only very rarely but according to our information, this is why OM-Frankfurt did not hesitate – this match is rated 5 on a safety risk scale of 5.
From the draw for the European Cup, he had ranked this match at 4. But after the violence in Nice against Cologne, he decided to take it to the highest level. Together with RMC Sport, some police officers present in Nice and who will be in Marseille say they are “very worried”. Same content at the FFF which will feverishly observe the surroundings of the Velodrome. “We are very, very worried. I fear that we have underestimated the number of Germans who will go to Marseille,” confides a federal source.
In addition to the 3,300 Frankfurt fans with tickets, the authorities indicated in the prefectural decree a maximum figure of 5,000 Eintracht fans without tickets. However, this estimate is very difficult to confirm. The German club has told OM in the last few hours that we are heading more towards 2-3,000 fans who would go away without a seat for the match.
The all-important security system (600 police officers, 1,200 security officers) will begin to be put in place this Monday evening, as the authorities expect to see the Germans arrive in Marseille already tonight or overnight. A new tense day is preparing.