January 23, 2022

Coupe de France – Paris FC-OL: the fate of the match decided by the FFF disciplinary commission on Monday

Representatives of clubs and match officials will be heard by videoconference by the committee. After having deliberated, it will announce, probably at the end of the afternoon, its decision on this match stopped at half-time (1-1) and possible sanctions against the club or clubs found to be at fault.

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. It was at half-time of 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 had broken out in the stands, leading to crowd movements and the deployment of the police. Two people, a supporter and a policeman, were injured.

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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 stoppage 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.

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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, “the Paris SG ultras could be identified on the videos” of the incidents, while the Lyon ultras “wanted to do battle at Gare de Lyon” upon their arrival in the capital.

As at the end of the OL-OM match, the presidents of the two clubs passed the buck to each other.

Lyonnais Jean-Michel Aulas said the “wrongs were shared” by his Parisian counterpart, Pierre Ferracci, accusing him of “the group of ultras from Lyon (of having) fucked up a nameless brothel”. The Paris FC manager also attacked the Lyon security service, which was deemed insufficient in the car park.

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. one steward for 35 people (the ratio recommended by the FFF in the Coupe de France being one steward for 50 people).

Paris FC wants “radical measures”

After these incidents, Paris FC demanded “radical measures” against violence in the 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.

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 body had immediately announced that its disciplinary committee would meet “urgently” at the beginning of the week to decide this case.

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