Faced with the repetition of serious incidents in the stands since the resumption of the Ligue 1 season, the football authorities and bodies are putting themselves in battle order.
After only seven days of the championship, the images of overflows accumulate: Montpellier-Marseille on August 8, Rennes-Nantes on August 22, Nice-OM on August 22, Lens-Lille last Saturday ...
Announced Thursday by Roxana Maracineanu, the Minister for Sports, a meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29, in Beauvau (Ministry of the Interior), on the overflows of supporters, with representatives of the ministries of the Interior, Sports and Justice.
The League and the FFF will also be invited.
This technical meeting, but with decision-making capacity, will notably host the DGPN (General Directorate of the National Police) and the DNLH (National Division for the Fight against Hooliganism)
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"I am not for the ban on away supporters!"
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Guest Thursday of L'Équipe du soir, Roxana Maracineanu spoke out against the (general) travel ban for supporters, in a hot context.
“There are people who want to see the matches, to get passionate about this show again,” she explained.
There are prefects' decisions taken.
This is what to do when security is not there. ”
For his part, the boss of the DNLH, Thibaut Delaunay, says he wants to “avoid as much as possible to put into practice these collective administrative measures of prohibition.
But if we have to go through it, we do it. "
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At the heart of a worrying spiral, French football had to crack down again the day after new incidents on the sidelines of Angers-Marseille and Montpellier-Bordeaux on Wednesday.
The disciplinary committee of the Professional Football League (LFP), which had already taken numerous measures behind closed doors in recent weeks, ordered, as a precaution, the closure of the Ultras platform in Angers and the ban on travel. for OM supporters.
These measures are applicable from the 9th day of L1 on October 3 and until a final decision announced for October 6 at the end of the investigation.
Indignation on Thursday was unanimous, like the Minister of National Education, Youth and Sports, Jean-Michel Blanquer, who spoke of "unbearable hooliganism" and demanded a "firm" response from sports bodies.
But on the side of the LFP, it is estimated that the disciplinary committee, with its range of restricted sanctions, can not all face this "public order problem" and that the support of the authorities in this fight.
A source close to the authorities points to the return to the stand of supporters formerly subject to a stadium ban (IDS), who served their sentence while the stands were emptied by the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the DNLH, only 54 supporters are affected by an IDS to date, against "several hundred" previously.
"I want to believe in the educational virtue of firmness," Commissioner Thibaut Delaunay, head of the DNLH, said in an interview with AFP on Thursday.
"We must be able to identify individuals."
In the meantime, RC Lens has advised its supporters not to travel to Marseille on Sunday.
And the hot Saint-Étienne - Lyon derby on October 3 is already shaping up to be under close surveillance: Thursday evening, the Loire prefecture announced that Lyon supporters would not be admitted.