OM will play their European Conference League return game in Greece next Thursday after the serious incidents at the Vélodrome. Likely devoid of supporters, Marseille could also pay dearly for its fans’ behaviour.
UEFA didn’t like it, but not at all what they saw on Thursday evening before, during and after the match betweenOlympic Marseille and PAOK, and if the European Football Association does not have to judge what happened outside the Vélodrome, the scenes that took place in the stands of Marseille are studied. It is clear that the Greek club’s supporters have caused chaos, but unfortunately some of their Marseille counterparts are not left out, especially as they have “invited” fans of AEK Athens, sworn enemies of PAOK, to the game. Things are clear for La Provence and L’Equipe, even if Pablo Longoria, Jorge Sampaoli and Matteo Guendouzi pointed the finger at the behavior of the Greek club and its leaders on Friday, the Public Prosecution Service will not be able to escape a sanction, which is probably be particularly heavy. Because it is not the first time that European evenings have been hectic in the Vélodrome.
UEFA will be ruthless with Marseille as with PAOK
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In the regional daily we regret that some Marseille supporters spoil the party and risk “punishing” an entire stadium. “LThe expeditions launched by certain OM supporters, gathered under the banner of the “independents” and reinforced with some sixty ultras from AEK Athens, to break up the Greeks, on the eve of the match, but also on the day of the game, did not help to calm the situation (…) UEFA, which would have to penalize OM with heavy fines and could close the northern corner for a hypothetical semi-final, has opened proceedings against the two clubs. But the body did not notice that these repeated incidents often took place in Marseille » explains Jean-Claude Leblois. In the sports daily, which confirms that OM supporters will not go to Greece next Thursday, we also expect a sanction against Pablo Longoria’s club. † UEFA, it will not give quarters. A disciplinary procedure has been opened. The Public Prosecution Service expects a hefty fine, the body that often imposes sanctions on the organizing clubs after such incidents. warns Mathieu Gregoire.