In an interview with L’Equipe, Dimitri Payet supposes having reported a bottle in the public during the incidents during Nice-OM, of which he considers the penalties very light. He says he has also known to be targeted, then sanctioned.
Almost three months after the events, Dimitri Payet has not really turned the page of incidents during the meeting between Nice and OM (August 22). The player had been targeted by project throws before throwing a person who had just hit his back towards the Nice supporters. This had caused violent incidents between players and supporters, caused the stoppage of the match, which will be replayed on October 27 in Troyes behind closed doors. In an interview with The team, he reconsiders these events and confides that he would do the same choice again. After being hit, he fears being the target of other objects.
“If I don’t get up, the match will be won 3-0”
“That’s why I get up, he explains. If I stay lying down, I tell myself that I’m going to take more in the face. After, if I don’t get up, the match, we win it. 3-0. I can go out with a neck brace and the story is now. But my reaction is human. In view of the decisions that followed and the events that took place in other fields afterwards, we cannot will never get out of it. We had to make fair decisions. This match in Nice was an opportunity to put an end to all that. But the sanctions of the disciplinary committee were not up to par. ‘is seen next. “
The French international criticizes the weak penalties imposed by the LFP’s disciplinary committee: three games behind closed doors for Nice, two penalty points one suspended for Nice, two suspension games for Alvaro Gonzalez and a suspended suspension match for Dimitri Payet.
“I was tried as a victim and guilty”
He goes on to say that he has “had a very bad experience of being not like one of those responsible for this violence.” I was touched for a few days, he continued. Me, I am a victim normally. And I was tried as a victim and a culprit. And that, I did not digest it. After that, this is not my first commission. I rarely came back from Paris happy. But there is one too many times. Unfortunately, after these decisions, I knew that we had started on big nonsense and I was not wrong. The facts have proven me right. As long as we don’t make real decisions … “
He refers to the excesses that have punctuated other meetings including Lens-Lille and Angers-OM. He advocates “zero tolerance” that he saw during his stay in England with West Ham. “I really thought that there would be something strong after Nice and that we were going to stop laughing, he still regrets. The supporters, and I also speak of ours, they must know that they can penalize their team and the image of their club. But we must wait for what? Something even more serious happens? It will be too late. “