French football vilified abroad


« France has not found a cure for the violence. Of the five major European championships, only Ligue 1 has stood out since the start of the season by incidents involving supporters », notes Dani Gil, correspondent in France for Mundo Deportivo, a Spanish sports daily. « This new match stoppage shows that the Ultras problem persists in Ligue 1 », adds the Spanish journalist.

France cannot find a cure for the violence. Of the five major European leagues, Ligue 1 has stood out since the start of the season with incidents involving supporters.

Mundo Deportivo, Spanish sports daily

The aggression suffered by Marseille player Dimitri Payet is added to the incidents which marred the meetings between Marseille and Nice, Angers and Saint-Etienne or Montpellier and Marseille. Football authorities and public authorities in France do not learn from their mistakes according to the Spanish correspondent.

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The tabloid, the Sun, the first British daily newspaper, agrees. The tabloid speaks of « shocking scenes ». Dimitri Payet is known across the Channel. He was the playmaker for West Ham, London club, for one season, in 2015-16. The Sun believes that « Ligue 1 is » ​​plunging into chaos « .

Ligue 1 is plunging into chaos.The Sun, British taboid

The Guardian, a center-left daily, deplores the lack of courage of the leaders of clubs, of Ligue 1 and of public authorities in the fight against violence in the stadium. « Clubs and public authorities must stop blaming each other for what is happening », writes Raphaël Jucobin in the daily newspaper. « The clubs think only of their own interests and the public authorities transfer all responsibility to each other. Any form of coordination is impossible », notes the journalist.

‘It is your fault. Not yours’. It is more or less the dialogue between the prefect and the League.

Gianluca Di Marzio, journalist at Sky Sport Italia

On the other side of the Alps, it is consternation. Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio also points to the irresponsibility of actors in the fight against violence in stadiums. « This great classic of the French championship is to transform into a symbol of brutality. ‘It’s your fault. Not yours’. It is more or less the dialogue at a distance between the prefect and the League », notes the journalist bitter yet in love with French football.

On the African continent, Ligue 1 is strongly supported. There are many supporters of OM and PSG. TSA, the Algerian news site, wonders if French football will be able to emerge from this spiral of violence. « Is violence definitely winning the French football championship? For the second time since the start of the 2021-2022 season, a Ligue 1 match is interrupted after the projectile is thrown from the stands at a player ».

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