She wants to strike indiscriminately. The Swiss Football League (SFL) announced Thursday that it plans to systematically ban the presence of visiting supporters in stadiums after a series of matches marked by violent behavior.
“In order to protect peaceful fans, the closure of the visiting sectors (Editor’s note: in the stadiums) is being considered,” the SFL explained in a statement. The League insisted on the fact that recent incidents involving visiting supporters had revived its reflection on the subject, “especially the reckless and reprehensible behavior of certain perpetrators of violence inside the stadium during the Zurich derby”.
Smoke thrown at supporters on Saturday in Zurich
On Saturday, during the match between Grasshopper and FC Zurich (3-3), in front of 15,700 supporters at the Letzigrund stadium, which the two clubs share, FC Zurich fans entered the athletics track surrounding the pitch. to come and launch smoke bombs on their Grasshopper counterparts.
“The clubs and the SFL cannot and will no longer tolerate such a state of affairs, which is causing immense damage to Swiss football as a whole, and are therefore examining the regulatory feasibility of closing the visiting sectors,” said the League. League executive director Claudius Schäfer explained that “the SFL and the clubs are waiting for a clear signal from the fan groups”, condemning these attitudes.
In France, after the excesses at the start of the season in the stands, several prefects have issued orders to prohibit the movement of opposing supporters, as will be the case this Friday evening for the clash between PSG and Lille at the Parc des Princes. But for the moment, no systematic ban has been decided.