Football: a season of tensions, interruptions and cut-off parties in Ligue 1

The 2021-2022 season ends in a contradictory atmosphere, between the boycott in Paris, the tensions in Lyon or the interruption in Saint-Etienne. The summary of a tense season.

It overflows again and again. The 2021-2022 season, laced with incidents, ends in a strange climate, between the Paris SG title celebrated without outpouring on Saturday, the tensions between players and ultras from Lyon and the throwing of smoke bombs in Saint-Etienne.

The new incidents that happened before the 34th day this weekend symbolize a tumultuous exercise, with clashes occurring repeatedly, forcing authorities to escalate disciplinary sanctions.

August 8: projectiles in Montpellier

First day, first incidents in Montpellier, where the Marseillais Valentin Rongier was hit on the head by a bottle while celebrating a goal with his team. After a hesitation of about ten minutes, the game comes to an end.

August 22: chaos in Nice, fighting in Brittany

A new critical threshold was reached on 22 August, with clashes between Rennes and Nantes supporters around the stadium during the Breton derby, and most notably a Nice-Marseille Mediterranean derby culminating in chaos.

While the “Gym” leads 1-0, Dimitri Payet is hit in the back by a plastic water bottle. De Marseillais sends the projectile back to the grandstand of the Nice ultras, some of whom burst onto the lawn in response, sparking a general fight between Marseille players and supporters. After more than an hour and a half of interruption, the meeting is definitively adjourned.

The disciplinary committee imposes on OGC Nice a withdrawal of two points (one of which is suspended) and the total closed session of its stadium for three matches. The match will be played behind closed doors in Troyes on October 27 (1-1).

September 18: skirmishes during Lens-Lille

During the halftime of the northern derby between Lens and Lille, dozens of Lensois supporters take to the field to battle the Lille car park. Six people were slightly injured in the clashes. Both clubs will receive a one-point withdrawal suspension.

September 22: “Ambush” and Clashes

Before the meeting between Montpellier and Bordeaux, a coach of Bordeaux supporters fell into an “ambush” organized by some of their Montpellier counterparts. The fight that followed caused 16 minor injuries.

In Angers, after the match against Marseille (0-0), several dozen Marseille supporters emerged from the visitors’ car park and destroyed equipment before the stewards restored order.

October 22: incidents in Saint-Etienne

The match between Saint-Etienne and Angers starts an hour late. Several ultras from Saint-Etienne, unhappy with the poor sporting pass, entered the lawn before the meeting, sent rockets and smoke bombs and damaged the goal nets, which had to be repaired in haste.

November 21: OL-OM finally stopped

Lyon-Marseille’s shock was cut short in the 4th minute: Marseille captain Dimitri Payet was hit in the face by a bottle of water that was thrown from the stands.

After a long hesitation, the match is definitively stopped about two hours after the interruption. Lyon is hit by a one point deficit in the standings and the game will be played behind closed doors (1-0 to OL). As for the bottle-throwing author, he was given a six-month suspended sentence.

December 17: the Coupe de France disrupted

In the Coupe de France, the round of 32 between Paris FC (L2) and OL was interrupted at the Charléty stadium after smoke bombs were thrown at the Lyon car park.

Spectators from an adjacent grandstand descended on the lawn to move away from the scene of the incident, preventing the resumption of the match, which was finally halted about an hour later.

The French Federation strikes hard: the two clubs are eliminated in the Coupe de France.

March 20: The Girondins blocked at the stadium

About 200 Bordeaux supporters gathered at the exit of the Matmut Atlantique stadium to express their dismay after another defeat, block the players’ exit and have the chance to meet them.

The face-to-face lasted about 15 minutes before the crowd calmly dispersed.

April 10: attempted burglary in Brest

The encounter between Brest and Nantes is interrupted for ten minutes, after an attempt to penetrate spectators on the ground, against a background of tensions between ultras.

April 23: funny atmosphere in Paris and elsewhere

The presentation of the title of champion is usually accompanied by scenes of cheers and communion in the stadium… but not this time, where Paris raises its tenth trophy, a record, in a very quiet atmosphere.

The ultras have chosen to celebrate outside the Parc des Princes to denounce Paris’ sports policy and repeated European disappointments.

Great atmosphere outside the Parc des Princes, where the members of the Collectif Ultras Paris celebrate their 10th title of champion of France! \u2b50\ufe0f\ud83c\uddeb\ud83c\uddf7 pic.twitter.com/7XoZF9KOr6

— Instant Foot \u26bd\ufe0f (@lnstantFoot) Apr 23, 2022

In Lyon, the big 5-2 win over Montpellier is overshadowed by the spat between the Lyon Ultras and striker Karl Toko Ekambi, who they believe was guilty of keeping them silent.

And in Saint-Etienne, the match against Monaco (4-1 defeat) was interrupted for more than half an hour by smoke bombs and fireworks used by the ultras to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Green Angels group. leaves the evening with a bitter taste.

The incidents of Saint-Etienne investigated this Monday 25 April

The incidents of the Ligue 1 match between Saint-Etienne and Monaco (1-4), long interrupted on Saturday due to the throwing of smoke bombs, will be investigated by the disciplinary committee at its meeting on Monday, AFP learned with the Professional Football League on Sunday . These repeated clashes expose ASSE to heavy penalties at a time when the poorly ranked club is battling to maintain its place in Ligue 1. Following the committee’s decision, Saint-Etienne (18th and current roadblock) may have to play their next home game this season, scheduled for May 14 against Reims, without an audience, or even a possible barrage of uphill/descent against a Ligue 2 -team.

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