Nice-Matin report that last weekend 70-year-old football fan Christian Joubert received a bad surprise when he tried to enter the Stade Louis II to watch AS Monaco take on Marseille.
Joubert was wearing the new French national team shirt with two stars emblazoned on the badge, but was prevented by security from entering the stadium owing to national football guidelines which seek to prevent hooliganism, which suggest the banning of fans entering the stadium who wear football shirts that are neither that of the home or away team.
“I brought the shirt with me because the World Cup was being presented with Djibril Sidibé. I thought that the steward was joking. So I went past, but at the second check, I was stopped. I was waiting for them to tell me I was on a hidden camera prank show. They told me that they were following orders. They called the police to eject me from the stadium.”
The fan was eventually allowed in the stadium, 15 minutes after kick-off, after being allowed in with the shirt inside-out.