The serious incidents between some supporters of Nice and FC Cologne on Thursday pose a new risk to OM-Frankfurt in the Champions League next Tuesday. UEFA, the Marseille club and the Bouches-du-Rhône police headquarters are aware of this. A meeting between all the parties (security managers of the two clubs, UEFA delegates, prefecture, etc.) is scheduled for this Friday or Saturday morning to take stock of the arrival, not questioned, of the 3,300 identified German supporters.
The problem ? May they be much more numerous, as on the Côte d’Azur. According to the German authorities, around 2,000 supporters could travel without a ticket. The prefecture could quickly issue an order prohibiting all Frankfurt supporters who have not made the official trip from strolling through the streets of Marseille. The others, but also those who travel without a ticket, will be grouped together in a fan-zone whose location is not yet known, like those of Feyenoord Rotterdam, gathered on Prado beach before the League semi-final Europa conference last season. This had not avoided incidents, especially around the Orange Vélodrome.
The ticket office closed earlier than expected?
The massive arrival of German hooligans is what worries the club and the authorities the most. For the rest, everything has been done upstream to prevent Frankfurt supporters from finding themselves scattered in the stands of the Vélodrome. In particular, a good number of banknote payments with German bank cards were refused. While 58,000 seats have already been sold, it is possible that the ticket office will close earlier than expected. In any case, it will not be open on the day of the match.
At present, the police headquarters has developed a reinforced security system with the objective of maintaining order around the stadium, in the city center and at gathering places. Police officers from the DDSP and several units of mobile forces will be deployed on Monday to intervene in the event of disturbances the day before the match.