Lyon Fans Restricted from Traveling to Marseille for Rescheduled Ligue 1 Showdown

PARIS — Lyon supporters have been barred from making the journey to Marseille for the rescheduled Ligue 1 encounter, as per an announcement from the French Interior Ministry on Tuesday.

The original fixture, slated for October 29, was abruptly canceled after Lyon’s team bus faced a barrage of stones, resulting in injuries to coach Fabio Grosso, who has since been replaced. The rescheduled match is set to take place on Wednesday.

“On Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from midnight to midnight, the individual or collective travel of any person claiming to be a supporter of the Olympique Lyonnais club or behaving as such, is prohibited between the municipalities of the Rhone department and the municipality of Marseille,”

Stated the official Order in the Official Journal.

The decree cited a tangible and severe risk of confrontations between supporters of the two clubs, attributing it to their existing animosity. Furthermore, it emphasized that the Lyon club has consistently been a catalyst for public order disturbances due to the violent behavior exhibited by confident supporters or those purporting to be affiliated with the team.

Against a backdrop of escalating tensions, the decision to restrict Lyon fans’ travel aims to preclude any potential clashes and ensure the safety and security of all stakeholders involved.

Recent Incidents Heighten Concerns

The announcement comes in the wake of a disturbing incident on Saturday, where a Nantes fan was stabbed before their match against Nice at the Beaujoire Stadium, underscoring the gravity of security concerns surrounding football events.

 

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