Speaking after his team’s 4-2 win over Saint-Étienne tonight, Nice manager Christophe Galtier notably reacted to the fans’ offensive chants about the death of Emiliano Sala, days after the Coupe de France final against Nantes.
His words transcribed in L’Équipe, the coach lamented the shocking chanting and pointed out that those fans were not welcome at the Allianz Riviera.
“I have no words to describe what I heard. One of the first reactions in the dressing room was not chanting or cries of joy, or relief. It was to speak about what the players had heard. In the name of my dressing room, of my technical and medical staff, from the players, we would like to offer our apologies to Emiliano Sala’s family and to FC Nantes.”
“You hear a lot of things in stadiums, but these people – and there weren’t just three of them – if they’re not happy, they can come to the training ground and I’ll say the same thing to them. We often say that what we see in stadiums is a reflection of society. If that’s what our society is, we are really in the sh*t! There were also insults towards Mrs [Stéphanie] Frappart. She’s not the one that made us lose the final. It’s surreal for me. I have no words. They need to stay at home. You cannot hear that in a stadium. If they’re coming to insult the dead, then they can stay at home!”