By Samindra Kunti in Lyon
Might 16 – Hosts Lyon are on purple alert as hundreds of Marseille followers descend on the town forward of the European Cup ultimate with Atletico Madrid. Stringent safety measures have been applied to stop any scuffles or violence. For the soccer itself bookmakers have the odds stacked firmly in favour of Atletico.
“This is a final,” mentioned the Rhone’s deputy head of safety and defence Etienne Stoskop. “We have set up a system that is twice as high as what we mobilised during the Euro 2016 games. It’s an event that must first remain festive. But we will be extremely vigilant, because as you know there is a certain amount of antagonism between supporters and it’s this risk that we want to prevent.”
The antagonism Stoskop fears has little to do with dangerous blood between French and Spanish followers, however moderately with the native rivalry between Olympique Marseille, finalists, and Olympique Lyon, who have been in eradicated within the spherical of sixteen by CSKA Moscow. The sturdy rivalry has given rise to considerations over hooliganism by the Marseille followers.
Some Marseille followers have promised to “break everything” in Lyon. Following the provocations, Olympique Lyon filed a criticism earlier this month. “Due to the danger that this inadmissible behaviour may entail, Lyon have decided to resort to the prosecutor’s office of the Court of Lyon to present a claim for provocations related to the crime of destructive and dangerous actions from the supporters,” the membership defined in a press release.
The animosity between the 2 golf equipment has been excessive this season. Each units of gamers fought throughout a league match. Within the Ligue 1 desk, with one match to go, Marseille trails third-place Lyon by one point with solely the highest three headed to the Champions League.
Round 1,250 policemen have been deployed, together with ten cellular items, two water cannons and a helicopter. They need to stop followers from Marseille and Lyon from clashing.
Atletico followers have snapped up 9,500 tickets, Marseille followers 11,500, however native authorities concern hundreds of OM followers turning up with out tickets. The native authorities are additionally cautious of Atletico Madrid’s restricted group of utmost proper hooligans.
On Tuesday, the native police had a powerful presence on the fanzone close to Parc Bellcour.
Lyon membership president Jean Michel Aulas, who had dreamed of enjoying the ultimate at his house floor with Lyon, has reassured each golf equipment that they are going to obtain a correct welcome and that he’ll sit subsequent to his rival Jacques-Henri Eyraud within the stands. Beforehand, each presidents had exchanged heated phrases.
“I hope it stays within the boundaries of football and there isn’t any damage,” mentioned Marseille defender Adil Rami. “I hope we’re all intelligent enough not to ruin this party.”
As soon as the match kick offs, Marseille shall be thought of underdogs towards the crafty workforce of Diego Simeone. The Spaniards knocked out Arsenal within the semi-finals and have good pedigree in European membership competitions. They’ve, nonetheless, misplaced their final three European membership finals, together with two Champions League finals towards metropolis rivals Actual Madrid.
“This team has the character and personality needed to win,” mentioned Atletico midfielder Gabi Fernandez. “The only thing we have in mind is winning.”
Marseille received the primary version of the Champions League in 1993, 25 years in the past. They reached the UEFA Cup ultimate in 2004, dropping 2-Zero to Valencia.
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