The decisive match in Group B of the Champions League between Lens and Sevilla will be played without the Andalusian fans, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced on Sunday during an interview on the online media Brut.
"I'm going to ban Sevilla fans from coming to Lens," the minister said, when asked about the bans on fan travel following the death of a Nantes fan during an altercation with Nice fans on December 2, for which a VTC driver was indicted and jailed.
The announcement comes 48 hours before the match, which is decisive for qualification for the Europa League play-offs. Several hundred Sevilla fans were expected in Lens and have, for the most part, already advanced significant costs for their trip to Artois.
"We don't have that for other sports"
More generally, these events "raise the particular question of football", a sport where "the fans, not all but a small part, are the most violent", said Gérald Darmanin. "We don't have that for other sports," the minister added.
Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castera said on Tuesday that she was in favour of "a moratorium on fan travel" by December 18.
She "took this position after consulting me with the president of the league (of professional football, Vincent Labrune, editor's note) to create an electroshock," said Gérald Darmanin, less than eight months before the start of the Olympic Games in Paris (26 July - 11 August).
On 29 October, a match between OM and Olympique Lyonnais was cancelled and postponed due to the stoning of the coaches of OL players and their supporters, on their way to the Stade Vélodrome, by Marseille supporters.