Foot: After Nice-Cologne, Europe week in danger in the stadiums

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Paris (AFP) – Stadiums under surveillance in France: French football, gripped by the violence during Nice-Cologne, approaches the European posters of the week between caution and “reinforced system” and fears new clashes at Marseille-Frankfurt on Tuesday, Rennes-Fenerbahçe and Monaco-Ferencvaros Thursday.

After a 2021-2022 season punctuated by repeated outbursts from fans, culminating in the organizational fiasco of the Champions League final at the Stade de France at the end of May, France fears falling again.

The chaotic scenes observed on Thursday at the Cologne (1-1) reception in the Europa League conference on the Allianz Riviera in Nice brought back bad memories: brawls between fans in the stadium, which also involved former Paris Ultras goods, smoke bombs dropped, damage to the city center… 32 people were injured in these incidents.

Hence the concern that foreign fans will be able to welcome back to the Champions League and Europa League on Tuesday (9 p.m.), especially those from Eintracht Frankfurt.

“It looks just as complicated” at the Vélodrome, notes Ronan Evain, general manager of the Football Supporters Europe network, to AFP, who regrets the lack of anticipation on the part of the authorities and clubs in preparing these risky trips like last Thursday in Nice .

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“It’s not about releasing people who have decided to cross the red line. The problem is that we have infrastructures and safety cultures that fail and only increase that risk,” he says.

“We have no peace”

For Marseille-Frankfurt, the police prefecture says it will provide a “reinforced security device”.

They have “learned well from past games and mobilized significant additional forces,” argues a source familiar with the matter.

As of Monday evening, on the eve of the meeting, she announced five arrests on her Twitter account “following police intervention to prevent clashes between opposing supporters downtown.”

The security staff for the game consists of 1,200 people on the OM side, plus a deployment of law enforcement elements estimated at 500 or 600 men. Around forty German sports commissioners will also be present.

According to the authorities, Eintracht expects the arrival of 3,300 fans with tickets and up to 5,000 other people without a title.

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A decree bans Frankfurt fans who show themselves as such from parking or driving near the velodrome on Tuesday, “except for those being transported in coaches and buses escorted by internal security forces.”

The sale of alcoholic beverages to take away will also be banned from Tuesday, 2 p.m. in the inner city districts.

And to avoid friction between fans inside the Vélodrome, OM plans to set up a kind of buffer zone around the parking lot.

“We are not quiet, argues a source inside OM. We want to do everything we can to prevent anything from going wrong.”

night flight

The Frankfurt fans made a name for themselves in Seville in May in the Europa League final victory over Glasgow Rangers with a night-time fight between the Ultras of both clubs. Eintracht has also been threatened with a disciplinary retreat since the field slump after the C3 semi-final against West Ham.

The last two European Cup games at the Velodrome have also been marked by incidents on the Marseille side.

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In Rennes, where the fiery Turkish fans of Fenerbahçe are expected on Thursday (9pm) and in Monaco, where the Hungarian supporters of Ferencvaros, some associated with the hooligan movement, travel on the same day (6.45pm). . ), vigilance is also required.

Therefore, in order to limit the uncontrolled influx of opposing fans, Stade Rennes has decided to limit the sale of tickets to its subscribers and the 1,395 visitor parking spaces, reducing the track gauge of its stadium from 30,000 to 19,000 seats.

The prefecture announces a “large” police presence, while Stade Rennes mobilizes 160 security officers and 360 stewards for the event that poses “a serious risk” of disrupting public order.

900 Hungarians are expected in Monaco, including 700 in the car park, and selling restrictions have been imposed.

As for the residents of Nice, on Thursday (9:00 p.m.) they move to Belgrade, where they face Partizan in the Europa League conference, in an atmosphere that promises to be heated, despite the partial closure the Serbian stadium for disciplinary reasons.

In September 2009, a young French fan, Brice Taton, died at the age of 28 after falling down the stairs during a violent attack on the sidelines of a European Cup match in Toulouse against Partizan.

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