« Chaos », « Mad invasion », « Sampaoli lost his temper » … European media in shock
From Italy to England via Spain, the surreal end of the evening which marred the meeting between OGC Nice and Olympique de Marseille, Sunday at the end of the 3rd day of Ligue 1, made the tour of Europe.
« What happened today is completely unacceptable. We have to set precedents for French football. » Furious after the incidents that occurred in the 74th minute of Nice-OM, which led Sunday evening to the invasion of the Allianz Rivieira field and to multiple clashes on the lawn, Pablo Longoria measured the impact of these events on the image of football in France.
Incidents that did not fail to shock outside our borders, where this closing match of the 3rd day of Ligue 1 has been widely talked about. In Spain, AS told the story of this sad evening, evoking « regrettable » images and a Jorge Sampaoli, particularly furious on the lawn, who « lost his temper ».
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On the front page of the Gazzetta
The daily also published on its site a video of Jorge Desio, a member of the Olympian staff and Sampaoli’s deputy, « attacking one of the ultras » in Nice. Marca especially focused on the reaction of the Marseille coach, already known in Spain for his bloodshot during his time in Seville (2016-17), who « did not hesitate to defend his players after reacting to provocations from the Nice ultras « .
The distressing evening also found an echo in Italy, where the Gazzetta dello Sport even granted it a place at the bottom left of its front page. « Crazy invasion in the derby. Supporters on the ground and fight: Nice-Marseille suspended », headlines the transalpine daily with a photo of the clash between players and supporters. The Corriere dello Sport speaks of « chaos ».
In England too, the term « chaos » has been widely used to describe the end of the evening in Nice, in particular by the BBC Sport in the middle of several photos of the clashes. « The local supporters launched missiles at the corner shooters », image the Guardian on its site, before repeating the statements of the Marseille president, Pablo Longoria, to RMC Sport. The Telegraph finally returned in detail to « a night of unrest in France », « horrific scenes which occur a week after the trip from Marseille to Montpellier was marred by throwing bottles at visiting players ». Atmosphere.