Paris FC-Lyon arrested: the FFF disciplinary commission will decide

The Disciplinary Commission will render its decisions on Monday concerning the incidents that occurred in the stands during the Paris FC-Lyon meeting.

Ten days after the incidents in the stands during the Coupe de France match between Paris FC and Lyon, the disciplinary commission of the French Football Federation (FFF) hears the various parties on Monday before rendering its decisions the same day.

After the videoconference hearing of club representatives and officials, the committee will announce, probably at the end of the afternoon, its decision on the fate of this match stopped at half-time (1-1) and will announce possible sanctions. The disciplinary committee could thus decide on a winner on the green carpet or to replay the 32nd final, the winner of which will face Nice in the 16th final.

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For Lyon, this is the second meeting definitively stopped this season after the one against Marseille in Ligue 1, on November 21. The throwing of a full bottle of water on the Marseillais Dimitri Payet and the end of the match after a few minutes had earned OL the withdrawal of one point in the standings. The meeting will have to be replayed behind closed doors.

On Friday, December 17, it was at half-time for the Cup match between PFC (L2) and OL, played at the Charléty stadium, that the overflows took place. Smoke had been launched around the Lyon supporters’ parking lot and fights broke out in the stands, leading to crowd movements and the deployment of the police. Two people, a supporter and a policeman, were injured.

Aulas and Ferracci return the ball

If no arrest took place at the time, three ultra Parisian supporters were then arrested. Two of them will be tried for violence in meetings, we learned last Wednesday from the prosecution which opened an investigation the day after the events.

According to a source familiar with the matter, « ultras from Paris SG could be identified on the videos« Incidents, while the Lyon ultras »wanted to do battle at Gare de Lyon»On their arrival in the capital.

As at the end of the OL-OM match, the presidents of both clubs threw the ball away. Lyonnais Jean-Michel Aulas said the « wrongs were shared », with his Parisian counterpart, Pierre Ferracci, accusing him ofthe group of ultras from Lyon (for having) screwed up an unnamed mess« . The leader of Paris FC also attacked the Lyon security service deemed insufficient in the parking lot.

Lyon supporters involved in the clashes. BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

According to the official report that AFP was able to consult, OL had 14 stewards, two referent supporters (SLO) and its director of security to supervise the 500 supporters in the yard, i.e. 1 steward for 35 people (the ratio recommended by the FFF in the Coupe de France being 1 steward for 50 people).

After these incidents, Paris FC demanded « radical measures » against violence in stadiums and promised legal action, while OL banned its groups of supporters from traveling to away matches. The club has decided to exclude those identified at Charléty stadium for 18 months from its own stadium, filing a complaint against them.

French football sick of its violent supporters

The stoppage of the Paris FC-Lyon match is the latest episode in a series of incidents in the French stands since the start of the season. It occurred the day after an interministerial meeting attended by professional football leaders. It had led to several measures such as the final stoppage of a match if a player or the referee is attacked and a maximum of 30 minutes to decide whether or not to continue a match.

After Paris FC-OL, Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu asked the president of the FFF, Noël Le Graët, to act firmly. The authority immediately announced that its disciplinary committee would meet « emergencyAt the beginning of the week to settle this case.


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