OM and Eintracht Frankfurt face Champions League discipline
There were a lot of incidents that took place during the Champions League match between Marseille and Frankfurt (0-1), which took place on Tuesday evening.
UEFA began disciplinary proceedings against Olympique de Marseille and Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday, following a series of incidents that took place during Olympique de Marseille’s loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League on Tuesday. The match was played in Germany, and the Marseillais were playing against the German club (1-0).
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 behaviour” on the Frankfurt side. In addition, the charges against the supporters for the Marseillais include the use of lasers. “UEFA’s disciplinary bodies will rule in due time,” said the European organisation, which opened a similar procedure last week after the clashes between supporters during the Nice-Cologne match in the Europa League Conference. “The disciplinary bodies of UEFA will rule in due time,” said the European organisation.
According to the prefecture for the department of Bouches-du-Rhône, on Tuesday evening in Marseille, a smoke bomb burning in the stands caused an injury to a German supporter, and 17 persons were arrested on the fringes of the meeting. Additionally, inside the stadium, “German supporters gave Nazi salutes in the visitors’ stand,” according to the police headquarters, which added that a report had been made to UEFA regarding the incident.
OM recognizes “acts that tarnish the image of the club”
OM acknowledged “jets of smoke bombs and pyrotechnic devices in the north-west sector of the stadium” in a press release on Wednesday. They expressed “regret” for the “irresponsible acts of a few individuals” despite the fact that they had worked upstream with the authorities and the “groups of supporters.” The club continues, “Such behaviour definitely goes beyond the understandable: not only are they dangerous, but they damage the image of the club, its followers, and the one-of-a-kind atmosphere that distinguishes our stadium.”
The conclusion reached by the Marseille squad was that they “reaffirm their commitment to work with the public authorities to identify these individuals,” and that they “to ensure that such acts are definitively barred from our stadium.”