« We are killing the image of French football »


While French football wonders about the measures to be adopted to put an end to the violence of certain supporters in the stadiums of Ligue 1, even of Ligue 2, the Minister of Sports of François Hollande between 2014 and 2017 was the guest of Bertrand Queneutte and Benjamin Psaume, in 100% Paillade, this Monday, and said to himself « amazed and extremely appalled by this situation« .

Once again a lawyer, Thierry Braillard was in charge during the passage of the Larrivé Law known as « pro supporters and anti-hooligans » of the May 10, 2016. He is also at the origin of the creation of the National Supporterism Authority, the next year. Today, « the time has come to ask real questions, because we are killing French football and the image of French football « , did he declare.

The confusion

It front of procrastination Sunday evening and the little game which consists of everyone sending their responsibility, Thierry Braillard first finds extenuating circumstances for club presidents: « Ocan’t blame Jean-Pierre Rivère (Nice – Marseille) and Jean-Michel Aulas (Marseille – Lyon) to have had, in the heat of the moment, a partisan reaction that is not up to the event« .

On the other hand, he believes that « the multiplicity of actors means that we no longer have decision-makers, and we come to situations where, for two hours, the arbitrator no longer knows where he is (…) he is under pressure from the prefect, presidents, players, coaches. The time has come to recover and use the tools that are there « .

Collective sanctions and withdrawal of « unnecessary » points

Then, while six violent episodes have been counted since the start of the season, Thierry Braillard believes that the collective sanctions often inflicted by the disciplinary committee of the LFP are « unnecessary« . Just like the withdrawal of points : « _if you take points away from Olympique Lyonnais, the supporter who threw the bottle away, he doesn’t care. Besides, he is not a member of a group of supporters. It does not affect him. On the other hand, if the others know that by this gesture, he was banned for life (the current legislation does not allow it, editor’s note) or banned from any stadium, it is not the same thing. Today, we expect the exemplary nature of a sanction vis-à-vis the person who has done the stupid thing « . _

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Protection nets

Some football players offer the installation of protective nets in front of the stands or at the corner posts, where the players are particularly exposed. The former minister says he is in favor of this solution, in some cases : « THE‘Olympique Lyonnais had already been sanctioned by Uefa following a Europa League match against the Turks (Besiktas in 2017), which had forced him to put in nets. There were these nets for a while, then they were removed (…) There was an agreement with the fan groups, because we want the clubs to dialogue with the supporters. The counterpart, to no longer put the nets, was that there was no object thrown on the lawn. The problem on Sunday is that the person who threw the bottle was not a member of the ultras groups listed in the north turn. The Kop has also communicated to regret this incident, but I think that on risky matches, it is better to put the nets (…) On the other hand, the shields, in terms of image, it is terrifying« .

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Thierry Braillard also mentioned the use of smoke and the movements of supporters. Full interview to be found here.



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