The OM-Galatasaray Europa League match slipped on the stands on Thursday night at the Vélodrome. Much to the chagrin of Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli.
« We have the best fans in the world », Notes the player of Galatasaray Mbaye Diagne, not without provoking the Olympians on social networks by giving them an appointment in Istanbul for the return of this Europa League poster on November 25. In view of the events observed at the Vélodrome stadium on Thursday evening, on the sidelines of the confrontation between loon and the Istanbul club, the assertion of the Senegalese striker is certainly debatable. The debates in the stands were heated to such an extent that the meeting had to be interrupted for nearly ten minutes in the first period. Deplorable.
« We wonder why people travel so many kilometers and come from Turkey to come and cause this kind of incident. We find it rather strange, says Jorge Sampaoli after the fact to the press. Do they prefer to create the show themselves rather than watch the one happening on the pitch? It is also a question that we ask ourselves. For me, the fairest thing would be for there to be exemplary sanctions against violence, because otherwise it would become something natural, normal. For me too, I’m telling you, I think the match should have been stopped yesterday, we shouldn’t have continued to play this match because if we continue this match with this very great violence, it shows that it is part of this game. »
“Do we have to get used to this?” “
The Argentinian technician thus dares to draw a parallel with the incidents that punctuated the championship match between his team and l’OGC Nice, last August 22 at the Allianz-Riviera – a game that could not be completed and will be replayed on October 27 in neutral ground, in Troyes. « Do we have to get used to this? Do we take sanctions according to each incident? Or, are we finally going to allow families to come back and watch games quietly in the stadiums? Because what we saw yesterday was very violent, hammers the former coach of Chile and Albiceleste. We’re not talking about bottled water here. We are talking about agricultural bombs, provocations, insults. It is also a social issue, but for me, very strong measures are needed, because otherwise, we can ask ourselves the question of what attracts the most. In the end, would the spectacle of the stands be more important than the game that would take a back seat? »