Marseille and Saint-Etienne will spend this Wednesday before the disciplinary committee of the LFP. OM hope to avoid losing a point in the league after the incidents during the Classic against PSG. As for the Greens, it will be a question of discussing the end of the closed session and a return of the supporters to Geoffroy-Guichard after the incidents of the match against Angers.
Soon the hour of the verdict for Saint-Etienne and OM. After two weeks of investigation, the disciplinary committee will issue its decisions on Wednesday evening on the Marseille case after the incidents that occurred during the match against Paris Saint-Germain (0-0) during the eleventh day of Ligue 1, on October 24. latest. The Marseille club awaits the decisions of the LFP on the throwing of projectiles and on the presence of a streaker on the lawn of the Vélodrome.
A point at stake for OM?
It remains to be seen whether the withdrawal of a point, by revocation of a reprieve, will fall for the Marseille club. To decide, the LFP will have to determine if the facts during the Classic are « similar or of the same nature » as those which occurred during the trip to Angers on September 22. That day, Marseille supporters invaded the pitch at the final whistle, and clashes broke out with Sco supporters.
Wednesday’s commission will take place in two stages. First, the hearing of the Marseille club with the broadcast of images and a rereading of the referee’s report. The LFP also wants to know the measures taken since by the OM.
In the process, the commission will deliberate alone before making a decision. Knowing that the facts are considered « heavy », especially for the land police. The League will follow its scale of sanctions and will also take over the disciplinary record, « already very extensive », of Olympique de Marseille. Other sanctions could therefore be pronounced against the Marseille club.
OM’s defense arguments
On the OM side, we have identified three lines of defense. On the one hand around the streaker who came to meet Lionel Messi: it is an isolated act of a disruptor according to OM, who will insist on the profile of the young individual, not listed as a regular at the Vélodrome. Act which cannot therefore be qualified as an invasion of land according to the Marseille club even if this raises the question of the lack of security in terms of access.
Then, OM will recall having done a maximum of prevention with its fans, including messages from Pablo Longoria and Dimitri Payet before the match, and having set up removable nets.
New measures will also be taken by OM, which plans to strengthen and enhance its fixed protective nets. Finally, Marseille claims to have made numerous calls to order concerning the use of smoke and the desire is to ban from the stadium those who are caught red-handed with a pyrotechnic device.
Saint-Etienne hopes the supporters will return
The case of AS Saint-Etienne will also be studied this Wednesday from 5.30 p.m. with the main question: ‘Should we reopen the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium to supporters or not?’ And if so, under what conditions will the enclosure be accessible to fans of the Greens.
As a reminder, since the incidents that occurred during the match against Angers, ASSE has been operating in a closed chamber. The LFP intends to take into account the evolution of relations between the Kops and the management of the club. Especially since the Greens will host Paris Saint-Germain on November 28.