Emiliano Sala – The LFP Disciplinary Committee seized after the chants of Nice supporters

The LFP was quick to react. The day after the Nice-ASSE match (4-2), where ultras from Nice sang offensive songs against Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash in January 2019 when he was to join Cardiff, the Disciplinary Committee of the League was seized following the report of the delegate of the meeting who noted the incident. Since Wednesday evening, the facts have caused a wave of indignation in the world of football.

On the Nice side, Christophe Galtier did not take gloves to point out the authors of these songs. “These guys don’t belong in a stadiumassured the Gym coach at a press conference. They really should be banned. It is shameful. I feel sorry for Emiliano’s family. I knew that the supporters could be violent, idiots, but there….”. Christian Estrosi, mayor of Nice, claimed the greatest “firmness” in this survey and proposed that the Allianz Riviera public applaud in the 9th minute of the Nice-Lille match on Saturday, in reference to the number worn by the Argentinian.

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While Antoine Kombouaré denounced “the human bullshit that has no limit“, the shock wave shook Argentina.”It’s a worldwide disgrace“, writes Tyc Sports one of the biggest Argentine sports media. For its part, the daily Olé describes an episode “lamentable“. This Thursday, the ultras of the Popular South tribune, where the songs were sung, evoked “a mistake” in a press release.

Incidents between players and supporters during Nice-OM

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This season, the ultras from Nice have already been singled out, after the match against Marseille in August, interrupted after scuffles which led some supporters to invade the lawn and attack opposing players. OGC Nice was penalized with a withdrawal of two points (including one suspended) as well as the total closed session of its stadium for three matches. His meeting against OM had been given to replay, behind closed doors, on neutral ground. The next meeting of the Disciplinary Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18. (With AFP)

Maracineanu “flabbergasted”

Contacted by RMC Sport, the Minister for Sports Roxana Maracineanu reacted to this affair, feeling “of the amazement of the world of football and of all the people who follow these matches with passion.” “Everyone was shocked by these totally indecent chants. I’m happy to have seen the club’s coach (Christophe Galtier) raise this subject as soon as he entered the press conference. The club also reacted immediately after the match. I find that very good. Consciences are awake on this subject.

For the former swimmer, however, this should not “not stop there“.”I encourage the club to take sanctions against the individuals or the group of supporters concerned by these chants. Perhaps part of the solution is to make it clear at the highest levels of sporting bodies that such chanting can be cause for game stoppages. Should the players have stopped playing? If the referees hear (these chants) they must now have instructions to be able to interrupt the match.”

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