Marseille supporters banned from travelling to Lyon for upcoming Choc des Olympiques

The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, has banned Olympique de Marseille supporters from travelling to Lyon on Sunday to attend the derby against Olympique Lyonnais. 

In a decree published on Tuesday, a travel ban was implemented because of “a real and serious risk of clashes between supporters of the two clubs.” This banning order follows fears that there will be a repeat of the violent scenes that forced the game between these two sides in October to be abandoned

On the 29th of October, the match was cancelled when the Lyon bus carrying the players and coaching staff was attacked en route to the Marseille stadium. Missiles were thrown at the vehicle, shattering the glass windows and injuring then-Lyon manager Fabio Grosso, as well as seven other members of the backroom staff. 

Inside the Stade Vélodrome, there was no shortage of shameful incidents, with Lyon fans reported as performing Nazi salutes and brandishing SS-inspired flags, all the while chanting racist and homophobic abuse. 

As a result of these earlier incidents, the French government will take preventative actions before this Sunday’s Choc des Olympiques, for the entirety of Sunday any “individual or collective travel, by any person claiming to be a supporter of Olympique de Marseille or behaving as such, is prohibited between Bouches-du-Rhône and Décines-Charpieu, Meyzieu and Lyon.” 

An earlier precedent for this was already set when the two rivals replayed the abandoned fixture in December as Lyon fans were banned from travelling to Marseille. 

GFFN | Nick Hartland

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