‘Fan violence won’t be tolerated in Ligue 1’


Football matches in France shall be known as off definitively if a participant or official is injured by a projectile thrown from the stands, the federal government stated Thursday.

It was one in all a sequence of measures introduced after conferences between Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and French soccer chiefs within the wake of a spate of incidents within the French league this season.

The authorities determined motion wanted to be taken after a match between Lyon and Marseille on November 21 was delivered to a halt when Marseille skipper Dimitri Payet was felled by a plastic bottle.

“If a referee or a player is injured by a projectile thrown from the stands the match will be automatically abandoned,” the ministries of the inside, justice and sports activities stated in a joint assertion.

The authorities took over two hours to reach a call to name off the November 21 match — it will likely be replayed behind closed doorways.

The authorities says that’s far too lengthy to deliberate and that selections — over matches which can be halted for different causes — must be reached in 30 minutes max by a bunch that doesn’t embrace the presidents of the soccer golf equipment involved.

The name to ban the presidents from the decision-making course of comes after Jean-Michel Aulas, Lyon president, obtained a five-match ban on Wednesday over his behaviour concerning whether or not the Lyon-Marseille match ought to resume.

“There will be a clear dividing line regarding the competence of the match referee and the police over the stopping of matches,” the ministerial assertion stated.

“A clearly thought out, unified and rapid decision must be reached,” it added.

In addition, each the sale of plastic bottles on website and bringing them into the stadium shall be barred “by July 1, 2022, at the latest”.

The ministerial troika — Darmanin was assisted by Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu and Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti — determined that the measures in place to bar supporters from stadiums are efficient sufficient however could possibly be “better applied”.

Ligue 1 and tier two golf equipment should even have safety measures in place from the 2022-23 season in opposition to projectiles being thrown, which the regional police chief can get them organized to put in for explicit matches.

No safety internet was in place at Lyon’s stadium nor at matches involving Marseille at Montpellier and Nice in August, when their gamers have been focused with projectiles.

Payet for his half had criticised the federal government and soccer authorities on Wednesday in an op-ed piece revealed by French day by day Le Monde.

“I am surprised that the actors — the government, la Ligue, the clubs — do not assume a little more responsibility,” he wrote, calling it “a collective abrogation of responsibility”.

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