Football matches “permanently interrupted” if a referee or a player is injured by a projectile

A Ligue 1 or Ligue 2 match will be “Systematically and definitively interrupted” when a player or a referee is injured by a projectile launched from the stands, the government announced this Thursday, December 16 after a meeting with representatives of French football.

In the event of an incident in a stadium, a crisis unit that does not include the presidents of the clubs concerned will have to decide in a maximum of thirty minutes on the fate of the meeting, specifies a press release signed by the ministers Gérald Darmanin (Interior), Roxana Maracineanu ( Sports) and Eric Dupond-Moretti (Justice).

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The images of the bottle throwing on Dimitri Payet who put an end to the OL-OM match

The executive trio gathered this Thursday morning the president of the Professional Football League (LFP), Vincent Labrune, the boss of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noël le Graët, as well as representatives of the refereeing body, representatives of clubs French and several prefects.

Prohibit the use of rockets in sports arenas

It was to unveil the conclusions of the working groups launched on November 23, two days after the interruption of the Lyon-Marseille meeting, during which Marseille captain Dimitri Payet was hit in the head by a bottle of water. plastic thrown from the stands. In this regard, the government has announced that the sale and carrying of plastic bottles will be banned in football stadiums. “No later than 1er July 2022 ».

Regarding stadium bans, the participants in the interministerial meeting considered that the current system was ” sufficient “, but that he could still be “Better applied”.

The author of the bottle throwing on Dimitri Payet sentenced to six months in prison

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“In the medium term, a reflection will be carried out for the creation of a fixed tort fine (AFD), that is to say a penal sanction which is pronounced, outside a trial, by a police officer, a gendarme or an authorized public official ” in order to repress “The introduction, possession and use of rockets or fireworks of any kind in a sports arena”, is it specified.

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In addition, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs must all have “Anti-spray safety devices”, for example safety nets, from the 2022-2023 season, installable for certain matches on recommendation of the prefects.

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