Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra said on Monday that clubs must assume their responsibility for the behavior of their supporters, the day after the incidents which led to the cancellation of the OM-OL match in Marseille in Ligue 1 football.
Questioned on France 2, the minister estimated that "if it is established that there are supporters involved" in violence, "the clubs cannot ignore this", advocating "a global response" where "all the authorities in the sports sector must be held accountable” after the Olympique Lyonnais bus was stoned in Marseille, notably injuring coach Fabio Grosso.
For his part, Gérald Darmanin rejected a possible underestimation of the risk. “There were 500 police and gendarmes for a football match. Isn’t there a responsibility of the supporters? A responsibility of the clubs?”, he declared on BFM TV-RMC. The Minister of the Interior invites us not to “invert values. People threw beer cans at the windows of a bus, do you think this is the responsibility of the police or the Interior Ministry? No, it is the responsibility of those who attacked the bus. We hope to harshly sentence these people.”
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Gérald Darmanin affirmed that nine people had been arrested, indicating that “this is probably not enough yet”. And he intends to tighten the screws on fan travel: “Since the start of the season, I have banned three fan trips, including twice for Marseille supporters unfortunately. I understood that it was necessary to more systematically prohibit the arrival of supporters.