Reacting to the unsavoury incidents of crowd and on-pitch trouble in last night’s Nice-Marseille fixture, France’s delegate minister for sport Roxana Maracineanu has declared that a “red line has been crossed”.
Speaking to France Info, Maracineanu indicated that legal action would be taken against those responsible, and pointed the finger at the clubs involved for a lack of security on the night.
“I am fighting against all hate and incivility in stadiums. The LFP and the clubs’ representatives have to be responsible and enact common-sense sanctions, in accordance with what’s going on and what they see on the pitch. It’s unacceptable that our supporters are throwing objects, are violent and are spilling out on to the pitch. The clubs which host matches are responsible above all for the safety of the players, the coaching staff and the referees, as well as what happens in the stands.”
“I reserve the right to press charges against this aggression. I’ve nevertheless seen that the public prosecutor has taken up the case. I hope that the authorities will be able to carry out their work calmly and that there will be criminal charges against those who are designated as responsible, and afterwards I expect the sporting authorities to take the necessary disciplinary action and that an example is made. We fought for supporters to return to stadiums and for matches to not be played behind closed doors.”