OM and Nice suffer matches behind closed doors

Faraj Benlahoucine, Media365, published on Friday September 23, 2022 at 10:38 p.m.

OM and Nice received heavy sanctions from UEFA. The two French clubs assessed in a stadium behind closed doors for their next home European Cup meetings.

UEFA made public this Friday its decision on the overflows observed during two European matches of French clubs: Marseille and Nice. Opposed to Frankfurt in the Champions League on the second day of the group stage on September 13, OM had had a sad evening. Sportingly first because of the setback conceded against the Germans (0-1). But also in the stands, the fault of the overflows seen. Due to a reprieve suspended like a sword of Damocles above the head of the Marseille club, Igor Tudor’s men are sanctioned with a game behind closed doors in the European Cup.

Therefore, on October 4, the Orange Vélodrome will sound hollow when it hosts Sporting Portugal. A punishment which the Olympians would have done well, last in group D. In addition, during the 3rd home game of this campaign against Tottenham on November 1, the North bend will also be closed. Because of “the lighting of fireworks, throwing objects, use of lasers, crowd disturbances and blocking of public passages” says the European body on its site.

As for OGC Nice, the even more serious events that erupted in the stands of the Allianz Riviera before the Europa League Conference meeting against Cologne on September 8 (1-1) logically cost the Riviera club dearly. A game behind closed doors as well. Thereby, the Aiglons will not benefit from the support of their public for the reception of Slovacko (October 13), paying for the 4th trick. In addition, Nice supporters will not be allowed to go to these same Czechs a week earlier on the 3rd day.

The Germans also heavily sanctioned

As for the German opponents of OM and OGCN, they are also slapped on the wrist. Frankfurt was fined 45,000 euros and was also asked to contact OM to assess the damage caused by its fans within thirty days. The latter will also be deprived of the next trip to Eintracht, and the next European home match of the current 7th in the Bundesliga will be the scene of a grandstand closure of at least a thousand seats. Cologne, for its part, provided an even steeper fine, amounting to 100,000 euros. And his supporters will be deprived of the team’s next two trips to the continental scene.

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