In 2008 there was an unsightly incident on the now-demolished Vicente Calderón when Marseille ultras confronted off with the Spanish police. One of them, Santos Mirasierra, was arrested and detained in Madrid, which handed him transient and lamentable superstar standing. Michel Platini, then-president of UEFA, didn’t react effectively to the scenario, and neither did the vast majority of French media: a mirrored image of the outdated Black Legend. I made a decision to journey with Atlético to the return recreation and there I came upon that Marseille, whose president on the time I can’t keep in mind the title of, had no fewer than seven ultras teams, making up half of the stadium’s capability, and who competed amongst one another in barbarity.
Platini’s skewed understanding, and that of many others, in the direction of the arrested hooligan (who had his collar felt for throwing a chair at a policeman) was the breeding floor that heralded the rise of a malodorous house in French football, one that’s now below menace in the identical method as in Argentina resulting from widespread idiocy. So far this season 11 video games in Ligues 1 and a couple of have been halted or suspended. Embarrassing photographs are broadcast repeatedly the world over of followers misbehaving. Perhaps the report goes to the pitch invasion by round 300 Nice ultras through the match towards Marseille, one thing that hasn’t been witnessed in Spain even in lower-division video games for the reason that days of black and white.
Ultras tarnishing France’s picture
(*1*) BENOIT TESSIER (REUTERS)
BENOIT TESSIER (REUTERS)
Each membership incubates its personal nest of vipers, in an aberrant anthropological experiment that consists of gathering collectively probably the most beastly components in a selected space of the stadium the place they’re free to embolden each other. The ultras are used so as to add color and likewise for different issues, similar to making use of strain to their very own gamers when contract renewals are on the desk (this is without doubt one of the causes that Kylian Mbappé desires to go away PSG: he feels threatened by the Parc des Princes ultras). It appears unfathomable however France, patron state of The Enlightenment and, in sport, inventor of the Olympic Games, is now permitting its picture to be tarnished by the hand of a collective of thugs.