the limited return of the public to the stadiums poses more problems than it solves

Parisian supporters during the match against Celtic on July 20 at Parc des Princes.

The anecdote is not five months old, but Corentin tells it with nostalgia for a bygone era. “On the goal of Boudebouz, I pressed against me a lot of guys that I did not know, laughs the 24-year-old Saint-Etienne supporter, sympathizer of the ultra group of the Green Angels. We invaded the lawn like crazy. When I review the images, I tell myself that a cluster could have been born [au stade] Geoffroy-Guichard. “ “It was the last moment of our life before”, sums up Yoel, 31, subscribed to the Chaudron for more than ten years.

On March 5, Ryad Boudebouz offered Saint-Etienne his first Coupe de France final since 1982, and released a green tide on the ground, not caring about barrier gestures. Corentin applies a glue: “When will we relive moments like this?” “

Not Friday July 24, that’s certain: AS Saint-Etienne and Paris-Saint-Germain will compete for the Charles-Simon trophy in a Stade de France (80,000 seats) almost empty. The groups of supporters from Saint-Etienne and Paris have given up the 900 places allocated to them respectively. Of “Crumbs”, ruminates on an ultra.

These few tickets available are the result of the decision taken by the government, on June 19 as part of the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, to authorize the reopening of the stadiums to the public from July 11 with a “Maximum tonnage” 5,000 people: in fact, 3,500 spectators and 1,500 accredited people (players, ball collectors, journalists, etc.). The president of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graët, may have pleaded for a “Larger gauge”, he was not successful.

“This gauge will be reassessed by the Defense Council by the end of July for the period from mid-August, explains the office of Roxana Maracineanu, Minister for Sports. The minister is in favor, but it is an interministerial decision, taken according to the health situation, so we must remain cautious. ” First scheduled for July 24, this Defense Council is now announced ” during the week “.

“Ultra culture does not fit in with the rules of distancing”

The Minister as well as the football authorities plead for the establishment of a number of spectators proportional to the capacity of each stadium. But among supporters, it is less the value of this “gauge” than its existence that gives headaches. On what criteria should the beneficiaries be chosen? And how to deal with sanitary rules?

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