The Lebanese Football Association's plan to end violence in stadiums

The Lebanese Football Association’s plan to end violence in stadiums

RMC SPORT INFO – Scenes to forget. After a very violent season in the stands of the French championship, Ligue 1 resumes in the hope of calm. Last season was tumultuous, between throwing projectiles or conquering the field, the LFP issued a disciplinary sanctions board to stop the situation. without success. RMC Sport reveals the league’s plan to try to end violence in French stadiums.

“We must get the criminals out of the stadiums,” said Vincent Labron, president of the LFP, at the end of June during the General Assembly of the French Federation (FFF). The will of the league is displayed: to take back control of the security of the tournament. On the club side, we also want to reduce tensions with the fans. At the beginning of June, the Libyan Federation began questioning it with the appointment of criminologist Alan Bauer, responsible for a report on the excesses of fans that permeated the French Ligue 1 season, the results are expected in September. Before the publication of this document, clubs and the League tried to take the lead.

A protocol for dangerous matches

According to our information, the association implemented what was specified in the ministerial meeting on violence in stadiums in December 2021. This meeting with the three ministries (Interior, Sports and Justice) led to many reforms and ideological directions for the future. . For example, clubs had to have anti-drop (safety nets) and anti-intrusion devices (nets, plexiglass, barriers, potholes) that could be removed and activated on the recommendation of the governor or the National Anti-Intrusion Division. riots. (DNLH).

Indeed, in this new season, the security protocol has been reinforced. The body is asking clubs to add to its security measures already in place, particularly for matches deemed at risk. The league also asked 40 members of the first and second divisions to add intrusion barriers and protective nets to these meetings. The league left the choice to the clubs: a cage, a modular net, more referees, an accordion barrier system or “Wembley system” ropes, plexiglass protection on the corners.

In the specs, there is nothing mandatory for every league match. For example, Ligue 1 club is not obligated to permanently install a grid. On the other hand, devices should be packed per minute if necessary. Or if a match is classified as at risk, the referees can request that the device be activated and so the club must be ready.

Assignment of police officers and end of bottles

Clubs also need to make up for years of underinvestment in security. At the beginning of the year, the Ligue 2 club, for example, did not have protective nets. Accordingly, during the past few days, nets were installed in the stands, and most often in the sectors of visitors to the tournament. Ligue 1 president “We don’t have to believe, but clubs are investing a lot in stadium security, even without an order from the LFP”. Fans on social media. The LFP has also included in its regulations a ban on plastic bottles in stadiums. They can be used as projectiles, like last season. The millions of euros being pumped by the CVC investment fund into the French Club Championship should allow investment in these infrastructures.

According to our information, you will also see many other new features in the light of day. At the beginning of July, during the LFP seminar with the security managers of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 teams in Toulouse, the clubs reviewed all possible scenarios with simulations of a crisis meeting (throwing of a projectile, invasion of land …). Since the end of June, about a dozen clubs in the tournament must now deal with a reference police officer (as in Paris or Saint-Etienne), an idea that was launched in 2019 in several French clubs. He is responsible for liaising with stakeholders in the match, and responsible for the dialogue. It should also make it possible to reduce tensions and facilitate decision-making. Finally, the path that requires political intervention is being studied by the LFP. Create dedicated hosts. Private security personnel, specially trained to intervene in tournament stadiums, can be league accreditation. The goal is simple: to have competent employees who have a thorough knowledge of the structure.

Pre season unsure

“The scenes in Nice or Rennes during the pre-season friendlies do not allow you to feel reassured before the start of the season, says a police officer who specializes in intelligence. We must be attentive to the tournament in the first days, they will certainly set the tone for this new season in France.” Last season, a first-day match between Montpellier and Marseille was interrupted after a shell was thrown at a player in OM.

The recent friendlies between Ligue 1 clubs and some foreign clubs continue to raise fears of the worst. In recent days, clashes have erupted between several groups of supporters. During the friendly match between OGC Nice and Torino, the police arrested dozens of ultras from the Italian club on the sidelines of the meeting. The latter wanted to attack OGCN supporters in front of Allianz Rivera. Aston Villa England fans were attacked by Rennes supporters after the friendly match between Breton FC and Aston Villa. The result: two injuries.

Returning fans to the heart of the game?

It’s not a victory for the fans yet, just a first step. At the start of the season, the authorities, clubs and the French Liberal Federation seem less closed to dialogue with fan groups. It remains to be seen if France will again bypass the 150 travel bans in Ligue 1 and Ligue 1 this season. Supporters’ representatives want a reduction in the collective penalties imposed by the LFP’s disciplinary committee.

Kilian Valentine, a spokesperson for the National Association of Supporters, stated that we had very regular exchanges with LFP over the summer. We will continue these exchanges in the coming weeks. But the league is focusing on this season with a desire to make people forget the images of last season. There are still many files to discuss, and things are progressing with the discussion. At the moment we have not yet received feedback from the fan groups on the nets and cages installed in the stadiums, but they will be. topic for discussion.

Bauer’s report is under writing

At this writing, the DLNH memo has yet to be published. It often sets the tone for the season. Writing of the report requested by the LFP from Alain Bauer is still in progress. The results are expected at the end of September, at the moment, interviews are taking place with various players in the tournament. For Killian Valentine, an Afghan National Army spokesperson, the man is “not appropriate” to write this report.

According to our information, the underworld is looking for solutions adapted to local problems. The report must provide solutions with prior agreements between the LFP, clubs and local authorities prior to publication. This report should also highlight the points of agreement and points of disagreement between the various parties.

By Nicholas Pelletier, Arthur Perrault and Xavier Grimault

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