The public authorities formalized this Friday new restrictive measures against supporters on the sidelines of the shock of the 11th day of Ligue 1 between OM and PSG. Fan parades will be banned in several districts of Marseille on Sunday.
At the start of the season marked by numerous incidents with Ligue 1 supporters, the Classic between OM and PSG necessarily serves as a risky match this Sunday at the Vélodrome. Unsurprisingly, fans of the Ile-de-France club are prohibited from traveling in the Marseille city.
But the authorities have also taken measures against the Marseille ultras. The Bouches-du-Rhône Police Prefecture published a decree on Friday banning demonstrations related to the duel between OM and PSG. The public authorities hope to curb the excesses linked to the processions of fans along the Canebière or around the Vélodrome stadium.
“These demonstrations have caused serious disturbances to public order: violence towards the police, damage to public roads, massive use of pyrotechnic devices and significant traffic disruption,” the Prefecture of Police said in a press release. Consequently, in addition to the measures already taken for this match by the Prefect of Police, all undeclared gatherings, processions and parades are prohibited in the 1st, 6th and 8th arrondissements of Marseille on Sunday, October 24 from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. “
Reinforced safety system at the Vélodrome
In addition to the police forces mobilized to ensure the safety of the Ligue 1 Classic, OM has strengthened its internal arrangements to welcome PSG in the best conditions. The current third in the standings has thus placed the order for four removable nets for strategic locations at risk.
They will be carried and moved by 12 stewards specially dedicated to these nets, on hot spots such as corners in favor of the teammates of Neymar, Lionel Messi or Kylian Mbappé.
On the side of OM, both Dimitri Payet and President Pablo Longoria called for calm before the reception of the Parisian rival. The Marseille club wishes to avoid any incident that could be detrimental to it.
Since the clashes involving its fans in Angers, Marseille has received a suspended withdrawal point and a travel ban for its supporters until the international break. In addition to the removable nets, OM has set up a large safety device for this Classic with 1299 people including 874 stewards.