Pablo Longoria justified the decision of Olympique de Marseille not to resume the match after the invasion of the field by some Nice supporters. And this despite the injunctions of the League.
The return of the supporters to the stands, after almost a season contested behind closed doors due to the health situation, is definitely not smooth. New example this Sunday on the occasion of the closing match of the third day of Ligue 1 between Nice and theOlympic Marseille. A meeting interrupted at the start of the last quarter of an hour when the Aiglons led 1-0 due to projectiles thrown in the direction of Marseille players and then the invasion of the field by some Nice supporters.
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And calm may have returned after more than an hour of interruption and great confusion, Olympique de Marseille refused to resume the meeting as ordered by the League and the authorities. It is therefore without the Olympians players, already showered and ready to take their bus, that the referee of the meeting whistled the resumption, confirming the package of Ciel et Blanc. According to Pablo Longoria, Marseille President, the conditions were not met to guarantee the safety of Jorge Sampaoli’s men, three of whom bear the scars of this eventful evening.
“We decided not to resume the game for the safety of our players. It’s already the second time, we experienced it in Montpellier, we decided to resume there. What happened today is completely unacceptable, explained the Olympian president in remarks relayed by RMC Sport. We must make precedents for French football. The referee was with us, he confirmed to Jorge Sampaoli and me that safety was not guaranteed. His decision was to stop the match. The League has decided, for a matter of public order, to resume the match. This is not acceptable for us, that’s why we decided not to resume the match and to return to Marseille tonight. “
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