By David Saint-Sernin
“On Sunday June 19, 2022 at 7:30 a.m., we suffered an illegal invasion of the grounds of the sports complex by around twenty caravans from the Traveler community”. This brief message from the town hall of Aussonne (Haute-Garonne), northwest of Toulouse, did not have the same consequences for everyone.
The football club cancels its tournament
Tuesday June 28, 2022, the local football club, Etoile Aussonnaise Football, is moved by the irruption of the Traveler community on its facilities…
As a direct consequence of this occupation, it has just canceled the football tournament which was scheduled for these same facilities on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3, 2022. And which was to conclude a sporting year that was finally complete, despite the covid.
“A lot of sadness and bitterness”
The club explains the situation:
“After consultation with the municipality of Aussonne, the club regrets to inform you of the cancellation of the tournament scheduled for July 2 and 3, 2022. Our facilities are still invaded by many caravans despite all the efforts made by the municipal services. to put an end to this savage occupation. A negotiated agreement had given us hope of a quick departure for some occupants and a change of location for others, but it has unfortunately not been respected to date. We are therefore not very confident about a significant improvement in the situation, not to mention that it will take several days to restore the occupied football pitches. We can no longer ensure the preparation of the reception of a hundred teams in good conditions and in a secure environment, hence this decision that we take with great sadness and bitterness”.
The club continues: “We have a thought for all the children, parents, educators, leaders, referees who are happy to end this sports season in our company by participating in this tournament. We also know that our volunteers, on the bridge for months for the organization, have a heavy heart today”.
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