Scared by the incidents of Paris FC-Lyon, Noël Le Graët, the president of the FFF, promises significant sanctions. The Minister is asking for it.
This time it was in the Coupe de France. After the multiple incidents observed in Ligue 1 since the start of the season, it was in the competition organized by the French Football Federation (FFF) that it degenerated into the stands, Friday evening in Charléty, on the sidelines of the meeting between Paris FC and Olympique Lyonnais.
“It’s disastrous for football, regrets Noël Le Graët, president of the FFF, joined by L’Equipe. It’s shameful and very sad to see that a nice Coupe de France match in Paris can degenerate like this. Now the responsibilities will be established on Monday. I put all our teams on this file. They will study all the reports. You have to know who these crazy people are and where they come from. “
“Everyone must be aware that this cannot last”
While Presidents Aulas and Ferracci disagree on the version of events, Le Graët calls on the clubs concerned to assume their responsibilities. “By force, they will have to do it, he confides. Clubs have responsibilities for safety. But when gangs of thugs do this, they can sometimes be helpless. Their stewards cannot always handle such bandits. But everyone must be aware that this cannot last. “
French football is going through a very troubled period, which worries in higher places. So these incidents happened the day after an interministerial meeting on violence in stadiums. For the Minister of Sports, it is intolerable, and Roxana Maracineanu put pressure on Le Graët. “I had a message where she told me that she intends that I take my responsibilities”, explains the president of the 3F.
What sanctions will be taken? Behind closed doors ? Match to replay? Lost match for OL? “I am president of the FFF. I don’t have to give a decision, replies Le Graët. I let the commissions work. “ The Federation’s Disciplinary Commission could meet on Monday.