UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings on Wednesday against OM and Eintracht Frankfurt, after the multiple incidents that occurred during the defeat of the Marseillais last night in the Champions League against the German club (0-1).
The two clubs will have to answer for “projectile throwing” and “ignition of smoke bombs”, charges to which are added in particular the use of lasers and the “trouble” caused by the supporters for the Marseillais, as well as “degradation” and “racist behavior” on the Frankfurt side.
OM has just reacted with a press release and condemns the behavior of the troublemakers. “The Champions League match between Olympique de Marseille and Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday September 13 was marked by jets of smoke bombs and pyrotechnic devices in the north-west sector of the stadium. Olympique de Marseille regrets deeply these acts and wishes, by this press release, to strongly condemn the behavior of the individuals who are perpetratorscan we read. In recent weeks, the club has worked closely and positively with the public authorities but also with its groups of supporters to avoid any type of incident, outside and in the stadium, and thus guarantee the organization of safe and secure matches. While no major overflow occurred on the sidelines of the match, the club cannot tolerate such an exceptional atmosphere being spoiled by the irresponsible acts of a few individuals. Such behavior is clearly beyond comprehension: beyond being dangerous, it tarnishes the image of the club, its supporters and the unique atmosphere that characterizes our stadium.”
OM “reaffirms its commitment to work with public authorities to identify these individuals, punish these behaviors, and ensure that such incidents are permanently banned from the stadium”.