After the attack by German hooligans, associated with former members of Supras Auteuil, a group of Parisian ultras that dissolved in 2010, at the Allianz Riviera, Jean-Pierre Rivère struggled to hide his anger.
In a beautiful balancing act, the President of Nice did everything possible not to point the finger at the many mistakes made by the authorities that made possible these surreal scenes, of sudden and extreme violence, and a a staggering number of 32 were injured. , all for a Europa League conference match between Nice and Cologne.
“It’s fed up. If you revive it, it’s terrible, reacted on Friday Jean-Pierre Rivère. If you repeat it the next morning the second time you look, it’s even worse. The pictures are horrible. It can no longer be done. Football is a sport, a sport, we welcome families, children…”, he commented when 8,000 German supporters were present.
“This is unbearable. We have no legal right not to sell tickets. But compared to what happened, we are thinking about what we should do next. Stop to have sanctions and welcome fewer supporters”,
When the City of Nice remembers the role of the prefect and the State …
If Rivère was careful not to accuse anyone, the first representative of Nice, Anthony Borre absolved himself of all responsibility and insisted that the City was not “cannot be shared responsibility”. He remembered that “The security of national and international sporting events is the responsibility of the State”.
“During such events, the municipal police primarily deal with traffic. Maintaining order is not entirely part of their remit. The state has mobile companies, CRS, for that. elsewhere what these companies were trying to do on Thursday night.”
…which does not hesitate to charge Nice and German clubs
On the side of the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes Bernard Gonzalez, it is estimated that “Until an hour before the match, the situation was made despite some clashes”.
The latter did not hesitate to charge the club, the lack of training of the Nice representatives, the German coaching and to clear himself of any responsibility.
The alleged lightness of the filter? “The filter, palpation, is the responsibility of the club. Above the west and north stairs, we have CRS. I remind you that the responsibility inside the stadium is that of the club “.
The stewards? “They were quickly overwhelmed. Some left, others reacted as best they could. This is a profession that needs to be better managed, better trained, more homogenous.”
And sharing information with the German club?
From the beginning, the club’s determination to work with us was quite limited. We discovered on D-Day a larger number of buses than advertised, gathered in places that were not planned.
The Allianz Riviera? This is “Open Bar”
If there are many actors in this story, there must also be unity in place: in this case the Allianz Riviera, which hosted the meeting. “We have a stadium that is a beautiful device, but we have a high security complexity”, explained, well pitched, Jean-Pierre Rivère, the president of Nice.
In this stadium, except for the visitors’ parking lot which is quite hermetic, everything is “open bar”. We are told that this stadium will not be sectorized. If he is, we will make things safer.
An opinion shared by The prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes. “What you need to see is that our stadium is completely unsuitable for organizing matches at this level. It is a friendly stadium, but there should be partitioning and sectors that we can separate. Until that we don’t have that, the club may be surprised. I ask that this stadium is safe! This is if there is a sectorization, and plexiglass to separate the supporters.”
“What happens in the stadium or around the stadium is not our responsibility. The mayor was there, together with the prefect and the public prosecutor. From the first incidents, Christian Estrosi requested the cancellation of the meeting. But, again, this decision not ours”emphasized by Anthony Borré.
As a reminder, this enclosure does not belong to OGC Nice, nor to the town hall. It runs on the NES, Beautiful Eco Stadium, a subsidiary of the Vinci group. The latter shared a press release.
To answer questions about the lack of sectorization of the stands, which allowed the attack of German and Parisian hooligans, the operator recalled that this enclosure was built “according to a program set by the city of Nice, owner of the equipment, in accordance with UEFA’s requirements for hosting Euro 2016.” So it answered only one detail.
NES continues: OGC Nice doesn’t make “no written or oral request to change the sectoring of the stands”, in the same way as the city of Nice or the Prefecture of Alpes-Maritimes.
NES is available to those concerned to check the conditions in which adjustments can be made, as in the case of installing safety nets in the stands.
It was installed after the famous Nice-OM in August 2021 and the throwing of a bottle at Dimitri Payet.