DECRYPTION – Since the start of the 2021-2022 financial year, the French championship has faced multiple overflows. Back to all the incidents that marked the start of the season.
1st day: projectile jets during Montpellier-Marseille
Ligue 1 did not wait long this season before being confronted with its first acts of violence. From the first day of the championship, on August 8, on the occasion of the confrontation between Montpellier and Olympique de Marseille, Marseille players were victims of projectile throws at different times during the meeting. Valentin Rongier, substitute, is hit by one of them on the face, more precisely on the lip, while he was celebrating with his teammates the third goal scored by Dimitri Payet. The midfielder, who is bleeding a lot, is forced to return to the locker room for treatment. A little later, many objects thrown on the lawn forced the referee to interrupt the match and send the players back to the locker room a few minutes from the end. It will take a strong intervention from the director of security in Montpellier so that calm returns and the match can go to an end. “Supporters, you are giving Marseille the best gift he could dream of. Your behavior of throwing bottles, full cups during the game and on the lawn is unacceptable», Had launched at the microphone Pierre-Marie Grappin. For these incidents, the Corbières and Étang de Thau stands at the Stade de la Mosson suffered three closing matches.
Day 3: a fight between players and spectators during Nice-Marseille
These images have traveled the world. On August 22, during the third day of the championship between OGC Nice and OM, a bottle reached Dimitri Payet as he was about to take a corner. Exasperated, the Marseille playmaker gets up, grabs the projectile and launches it in the direction of the Nice stands. The situation flares up. Members of the Popular Sud tribune invade the field to do battle with Marseille players. An exchange of blows ensues, while some Nice people, at first, try to calm things down. At the same time, Alvaro Gonzalez, also targeted by projectiles, gets angry and sends a ball into the stands. Scuffles break out between the players and staff of the two teams. Pablo Fernandez, the physical trainer from Marseille, hits a supporter of the Aiglons; an act that will earn him a suspension until the end of the season. The meeting is logically interrupted at a quarter of an hour from the end of regulation time, while OGC Nice leads the score on the smallest of the marks. After long minutes of blur, the referee demands the resumption of the match but Olympique de Marseille refuses to return to the pitch, ensuring that the safety of the players is not guaranteed. Finally, the disciplinary committee will decide to replay the confrontation on October 27, on neutral ground. The host club received two penalty points, one of which was suspended, as well as three games behind closed doors at the Allianz Riviera. Alvaro Gonzalez and Dimitri are respectively sanctioned with two suspension meetings and one suspended sentence.
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Day 6: clashes between Lille and Lens
The acts of violence continued on September 18, on the occasion of the 6th day of Ligue 1, during the “North derby” between Lille and Lens. The start of the match is marked by the deployment of an insulting tifo against Lille (“Lille Merda”). Consequence or not, things turn sour afterwards. Seats have apparently been launched by the Lille parking lot on the Trannin stand of the Stade Félix-Bollaert, as the sub-prefect of Lens told The team . Angry, dozens of Sang et Or supporters burst onto the pitch at half-time with the firm intention of attacking LOSC fans. The clashes, which the CRS tried to control, left six slightly injured. The kick-off of the second half is delayed by about thirty minutes. The disciplinary commission pronounces a closed door against the RC Lens and the closing of the parking lot visitors of the LOSC as a precaution. Definitive measures will be announced on October 6.
Day 7: Bordeaux supporters fall into an ambush
This Wednesday, before the match between Montpellier and the Girondins de Bordeaux (7th day of Ligue 1), a bus carrying Bordeaux supporters fell into an ambush shortly after exiting the motorway. An ambush organized by some of their Montpellier counterparts. The latter paved the vehicle before attacking the Girondins fans who were getting off. The incident then turned into a general brawl, leaving 16 lightly injured according to an initial assessment.
Day 7: clashes at the end of Angers-Marseille
Montpellier-Bordeaux was not the only meeting to be peppered with incidents on Wednesday. Spillovers also took place at the end of the match between Angers and Marseille. After the final whistle, some Marseille supporters left the parking lot reserved for visitors, destroyed equipment, and tried to attack fans from Anjou. For Jacques Cardoze, who condemned these incidents, these actions were a response to provocations from supporters of the SCO. “It starts from the Angevin tribune with fingers of honor and firecrackers that were sent from the Angevin side. It’s a bit of a classic, silly scheme on one side and the other. It’s stupid on both sides, you don’t have to respond when provoked and no one has to provoke. I don’t want to blame anyone“, Declared the director of communication of OM this Wednesday evening.