Virginie Phulpin 07:23, May 30, 2022

Every day, the morning of Europe 1 returns to one of the sporting events which makes the news.

This Monday, Virginie Phulpin looks back on the fiasco of the Champions League final organized at the Stade de France on Saturday evening and on the one which also took place in Saint-Étienne after the lost play-off match and the descent of the Greens in Ligue 2 According to her, these events must make us change before Paris 2024.

A meeting will take place this morning at the Ministry of Sports after the fiasco of the organization of the Champions League final at the Stade de France.

The goal is to analyze the dysfunctions.

We should have started with that rather than going all over the place, talking nonsense.

It will be more useful than accusing England fans of being the source of all evil.

It's almost a reflex, in France, to point the finger at the behavior of supporters.

Sometimes right.

We saw it again last night in St Etienne, with the invasion of the lawn and the throwing of smoke bombs at the heads of the players.

Unacceptable and dangerous.

But I don't really see the connection with what happened at the Stade de France.

It is not a fiasco of the supporters, but of the organization.

All the testimonies agree.

Right out of the RER, it was nonsense.

Bottlenecks that prevent the crowd from advancing, supporters with tickets prevented from entering the stadium, people without tickets who climbed the gates, policemen using tear gas indiscriminately.

The chaos in worldview, 

So who is to blame ?

We will have to go beyond low level simplism.

No, England fans are not a bunch of beer-hungry, brawling hooligans who all want to go home without tickets.

Liverpool have appeared in several Champions League finals in recent years, and this is the first time we have seen such a mess.

The English example of the stands, we use it when it suits us.

Why did we not know how to manage?

Then, the young locals, who tried to return without a ticket.

They take advantage of the sounding board of this final to sow chaos.

But why do they come to the stadium, why are there no more distant security cordons?

And then these police officers who use their tear gas faster than their shadow, are they trained in the management of supporters,

to the crowd movements of a final?

We can doubt it. 

France must recognize its mistakes to move forward, because Paris 2024 is coming quickly.

Putting the blame on others will get us nowhere in view of these Olympic and Paralympic Games, the opening ceremony of which will take place in the heart of the city.

What seemed the best of ideas can be scary today.

Will we be able to manage?

The data is still very different between games and a football match.

What is problematic is the question of supporters.

By failing to deal with this issue, the public authorities find themselves helpless.

When I say that we do not want to deal with it, I am talking about these prefectural decrees which prohibit, week after week, the movement of supporters.

By dint of prohibiting, we no longer know how to do it.

France no longer knows how to manage the movement of supporters.

So let's go, let's analyze all the shortcomings, at all levels.

Let everyone recognize their mistakes.

This is the only way to be able to correct them.

There are two years left before Paris 2024. And an eternity before the next Champions League final in France. 

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