Saint-Etienne supporters banned from traveling to Nice

Saint-Etienne supporters are banned from traveling to Nice on Wednesday evening for the late match of the 36th day of Ligue 1, according to a prefectural decree.

The decree dated May 9 prohibits Saint-Etienne supporters “or to anyone behaving as such” to appear at the Allianz Riviera « and in the near periphery » from 4 p.m. until midnight.

Seized by the Association for the Defense of Stéphanois supporters (AD2S), which requested the suspension of the execution of this decree, the administrative court of Nice rejected this request. The administrative judge pointed out « historical rivalry » existing between the supporters of the two clubs, which risks being « exacerbated during the match ».

Currently 18th in the standings, Saint-Etienne must bring back a good result from Nice to hope to stay in Ligue 1 by escaping the play-offs.

Nice, for its part, occupies 6th place tied with Strasbourg. After his defeat on Saturday in the final of the Coupe de France against Nantes (1-0), the « Gym » can still aim for qualification for a European competition but must win at all costs on Wednesday evening.

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