A speech that will not go unnoticed. Pablo Longoria, president of OM, said on Monday that he wanted the Marseille-Lyon match, postponed to December 6 after serious incidents that caused the injury of Lyon coach Fabio Grosso, to be played "at the Velodrome with a lot of fans".
As a reminder, Lyon's visit to Marseille on October 29, in the league, was punctuated by serious incidents, causing the postponement of the match. The bus carrying OL players and staff was stoned a few hundred metres from the stadium. The OL coach suffered a serious facial injury.
The Professional Football League then rescheduled the match for December 6, in Marseille and with an audience. The Lyon club has appealed the decision and the French Football Federation's appeal committee will consider its request on Tuesday.
"We must all work together to ensure that safety is the priority"
"If safety is guaranteed, we must maintain the sporting fairness of the championship, that all teams play under the same conditions. We have to respect the sporting fairness of the championship and for that, we have to play at the Vélodrome with a lot of fans," said Pablo Longoria, interviewed on the sidelines of the signing of a partnership between OM and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.
"We condemned these deplorable and unacceptable acts from the very first second. We have taken a very firm position," he added before continuing. "We have to take a step back, we can't defend individual positions. If we do that, get into individual battles between clubs, we're never going to make progress on the security issues that we see everywhere in football and not just in Marseille. It's a common struggle. »
"I would like there to always be conditions that allow OM supporters to go away and those of other clubs to come to the Vélodrome. We play football to show a show that everyone can take part in," said the Spanish leader. "We are all responsible for the fact that it can be done in the best conditions. We must all work together to ensure that safety is the priority in all L1 and L2 clubs," he concluded.