France prohibits the movement of fans of eight clubs this weekend

The French Government has prohibited the movement of fans of eight French clubs for league and French Cup matches this weekend, after the incidents in which some of them have been involved in recent months.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
07 December 2023 Thursday 15:36
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France prohibits the movement of fans of eight clubs this weekend

The French Government has prohibited the movement of fans of eight French clubs for league and French Cup matches this weekend, after the incidents in which some of them have been involved in recent months.

In a decree published this Friday in the Official Gazette, the Ministry of the Interior indicates the clubs whose fans will not be able to participate in the trips of their teams, which are Lens, Girondins de Bordeaux, Nimes, Auxerre, Nantes, Olympique de Lyon, Reims and Olympique de Marseille.

According to the decree signed by Minister Gérald Darmanin, these meetings present a "real and serious risk of clashes between supporters", in a context of "exacerbation" of "increasingly serious" violence. The Ministry states that only this measure can "avoid all the serious risks to the safety of people and property" that it considers exist taking into account the background described in its decree.

"Since the beginning of 2023 and the League and French Cup season, the movements of football club fans are very frequently the source of public order incidents due to the violent behavior of some of them," he points out. before making a detailed description.

The last straw was the death last Saturday of a Nantes fan in that city during clashes with Nice fans, which was the visiting team.

Before that, on October 29, the match between Marseille and Lyon was canceled and postponed after the latter club's bus was stoned. His coach, Fabio Grosso, was hit and suffered facial injuries.