Great remedies for great anxieties? After a season marred by numerous incidents in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 stadiums, the LFP got on its high horse this summer, in the wake of its president Vincent Labrune. On the sidelines of the general meeting of the FFF organized in mid-June, the latter had not weighed his words, explaining that it was necessary “get the criminals out of the stadiums and change gear to respond more strongly to the violence of some”. A few days earlier, the former OM boss had asked criminologist Alain Bauer to draw up a report on the excesses of supporters.
Its conclusions are expected at the end of September but the LFP, strongly criticized for its lack of resilience and firmness, has already introduced a battery of new measures in the regulations for the 2022-2023 season. This is the case, first and foremost, of the obligation imposed on clubs to equip themselves with anti-projection and anti-intrusion devices. For the first part, the safety nets will suffice. “Most clubs didn’t have one last season, says a member of the League. They will not be mandatory at all matches but they must be at hand and installed in seconds if needed. The same goes for anti-intrusion barriers. » In both cases, the prefect may request that it be put in place before a meeting which is considered high risk by his services or by the National Division for the Fight against Hooliganism (DNLH).
In case of overflows, the prefect will have the last word
The League will also prohibit supporters from entering the enclosure with a plastic bottle or any other “capped container”. It’s hard not to see a reaction to the projectiles that Marseillais Dimitri Payet had received in Nice (August 22, 2021) then in Lyon (November 21). The two meetings had been suspended by the fact of the referee, then stopped, before being replayed several months later. A huge imbroglio, born of the lack of jurisprudence, then appeared during the Olympico. Public authorities and representatives of the League had sent the hot potato to each other concerning the responsibility of each other in the successive announcements of the resumption and then the final cessation of the meeting.
In order not to relive such a situation, the League wanted to clarify the procedures for sending everyone home in the event of overflows. Before, only the referee could make the decision, “after consultation with delegates and representatives of public authorities”. From now on, the man in black will have to activate a crisis unit before deciding. This cell, made up of the referee and the police authority, will meet without the presidents of the clubs concerned and will have to give an answer as to whether or not the match will resume within a maximum of thirty minutes. Another regulatory novelty, the prefect will be able to reverse the decision “for reasons of disturbing public order”. So he will have the last word. At least everyone’s positions will be clearly established. One way, according to the LFP, of “protect the referee”.