At Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium,
During our previous match in Saint-Etienne, on May 14 against Reims (1-2), we left the boiler at night when we met with the scientific police, who came to investigate a fire in a van to control the television, which started streams of smoke despite total camera. On Sunday, this time we visited the press center with two CRS, almost four hours after the end of the retaliatory play-off, ASSE lost to AJ Auxerre (1-1, 4-5 on penalties against the goal). Is it so unlikely given the apocalyptic match on the lawn?
The answer is unequivocally negative, as the fire brigade stopped us the evening before to ask if we had “picked up the gas”, and several stewards and spectators took refuge in the press room in the middle of the Jean-Marc Furlan conference. Similarly, one of the key issues last night in Geoffroy-Guichard’s corridors was not to find a clear project for Ligue 2, but rather fire extinguishers that were visibly lacking in the face of such a galley.
Hoods and metal barriers projected on the lawn
As we may have feared, in a season already marked by major incidents against the Angers, the Jura Sud and the Reims, the match promised to be explosive in the cauldron, especially in the event of a descent to Ligue 2, as in 1962, 1984, 1996 and 2001. Therefore, with the added bonus of a penalty shootout marked by the initial failure of Ryad Boudebouz, the ASSE sank at the end of a terrible year. After jumping to Auxerre (1: 1) three days earlier, the Algerian offensive midfielder dreamed naively “of a small party with fans”. Dozens of them planned pyrotechnic equipment to demonstrate real fireworks.
Except for seeing a few on the balaclava and descending as close to the lawn as possible before the penalty shootout, one could question their ceremonial intentions and rather predict an invasion of the most unmanageable ground if that didn’t work out. The winning strike from Auxerrois Birama Touré barely shook Paul Bernardoni’s nets as chaos broke out with LED billboards smashed at the edge of the lawn and metal barriers thrown toward the CRS, which had taken place at the bottom of the official Pierre shortly before. -Faurand stands, just to block access to the locker rooms, the players and also President Roland Romeyer.
“We’ll have shovels behind closed doors, as usual”
Except that with their smokestacks and rockets, those whom the Prefect of the Loire, Catherine Séguin, have “rapists” have the opportunity to focus on anyone and anything. The safety of players, managers and spectators is the least of concern, given the surreal scenes observed for several minutes on the lawn, such as the seat of the Saint-Etienne bench. completely burned at stake. The response of the mobilized security forces is just as immediate: tear gas at all costs, which he says will even put the child in the middle of ASSE Zaydou Youssouf with a respiratory failure in the gallery. Team. A small panel of reactions gathered among the 24,489 spectators of this decisive match turned into a nightmare.
- Mathis (20), who got stuck in the pits after the match for almost an hour and a half, as the club’s instructions required: “We were very nervous. We returned to the shelter and the booth door was closed to ensure our safety.
- Gabrielle, 20, in the same bunker configuration of the Pierre-Ferrand booth and even more elevated, as she rubbed her eyes on the tear gas on Sunday night: terrible note.
- Stéphane (44) doubts the means used (250 police and gendarmerie by prefecture, “an exceptional system of almost 500 security agents” for the ASSE): “It’s dramatic in every way, to the picture of our season, but also of society. There are questions about the security part: a fight broke out between the Magic Fans and Auxerrois in the first period, but everyone could quietly return to their stands. It is a sign that the club accepts a lot of things.
- Stéphane (49), a fatalist, adds: “We will have a shovel behind closed doors, as usual.”
- Jean-Marc Furlan, a coach with unconventional analysis for his new entry into Ligue 1: “I was scared because I put a lot of tear gas canisters in my face, I just cried (smile)! At the end of the match, we all returned quickly and we were afraid that one or two would be missing in the locker room, so we counted on everyone. Somehow I want to tell you that it only exists in France. There are countries that have put it all out. For several months and years, there has been a lot of violence in our stadiums without being able to reduce and eradicate it. It’s a little sad. “
All the more is this continuation of the violence observed around the stadium. The ASSE is attempting a firewall from 10:02 p.m. in near future?
About 200 Stéphanois (according to prefecture) are single and throw glass bottles, stones and even road signs over the fence overlooking the official entrance of players, managers and partners, as well as towards the CRS gathered in this epicenter of tension.
On the agenda of the extraordinary meeting at the Ministry of Sports?
“It was unbreathable, we felt they wanted to fight the players by attacking their cars,” witnesses close to chaos, episode 2, outside the boiler, confesses until 11:15 p.m. The toll could have been much worse tonight. “In its last point, the Loire prefecture reports 14 minor injuries among the fans and also ‘two injuries among AJA players’.
Unlike Reims, an impressive police water launcher helped disperse rioters, with no arrests yet. In another overnight press release, the ASSE states that it will “initiate the necessary legal proceedings.” Will an extraordinary meeting on the functions of the Champions League final scheduled for the Ministry of Sports scheduled for Monday will take some time for the second part of one of the darkest weekends in football history in France?