For weeks, French football has been shaken by violent acts by so-called football fans, in and outside the stadiums. Yesterday, Wednesday, there were regrettable scenes in some arenas of the Ligue1.
According to the responsible prefecture of the Herault department, 16 fans were injured in violent clashes between the two fan camps at the southern derby between FC Montpellier and Girondins Bordeaux.
Apparently a coach belonging to the guests from Bordeaux was attacked by a group of about fifty people from Montpellier fans. The attackers were armed with smoke bombs and iron bars.
Prefect Hughes Mouthouh strongly condemned these acts of violence and announced measures to punish the hooligans and prevent them from entering the stadiums in the future.
During the game between Angers SCO and Olympique Marseille, there were also scenes that nobody wants to see in a football stadium. Shortly after the final whistle, several “fans” from both camps stormed the field to engage in a group battle.
At the same time, fireworks were shot into one of the grandstands on which supporters from both camps were located. Police security forces had to intervene while a desperate stadium announcer (“Please, please people. Which picture are we taking? Please, calm down!”) Tried in vain to calm the heated emotions.
There were similar images to those in Angers when Paris St. Germain played in Metz. The game, which the big favorite was only able to win in stoppage time, had just ended when a group of chaos wanted to storm the field.
It remained an attempt – but the examples mentioned show that French football currently has a massive problem with violent hooligans.
There have already been inglorious incidents over and over again in the past few weeks. Almost a month ago, hooligans stormed the pitch in the Mediterranean Derby between OGC Nice and Olympique Marseille, which was always emotionally charged – and forced the game to be abandoned.
Previously, even Marseille players had been attacked by Nice “fans”. It is a miracle that there were no injuries (or worse) to complain about that evening. Would you like more examples?
Well, last weekend the angry people in the north of the country wanted to prove that they were in no way inferior to their like-minded people in the south.
Because even in the traditionally very charged derby between RC Lens and OSC Lille (both cities are only 28 kilometers apart) there was an invasion of the field by some “fans” who then fought a wild brawl. Balance: six slightly injured and two arrests of fans who had thrown stadium seats into the crowd.
Olympique Marseille’s communications chief Jacques Cardoze drew a bitter conclusion: “We haven’t seen football for 15 months and it seems that people are not intelligent enough to just come to watch football.” (via sid via spiegel.de)