The French Government condemns the “disgusting” attack on the Lyon bus


The French Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, condemned the attack on the Olympique de Lyon bus before the Ligue 1 match against Olympique de Marseille, in which the coach, Pabio Grosso, was seriously injured, “acts of stupidity and hatred” for which the match was finally suspended and which “must be eradicated with the greatest determination”, as it is “a denial of the values ​​of football and sport”.

“The images of the stoned Lyon bus and those of Fabio Grosso’s bloody face are disgusting. These unacceptable acts deny the values ​​of football and sport, and all their authors must be found and severely punished,” the minister wrote on the social network. x.

Representing the French Government, Oudéa-Castéra showed “all” his “support” for the club and its coach and assistant, Raffaele Longo, “who also received a blow in the face.” “I think of the vast majority of fans who this afternoon only wanted to express their fervor in the stands and whose celebration has been spoiled in a particularly unfair way,” he lamented.

“These actions marked by stupidity and hatred, which have nothing to do with sport, must be eradicated with the greatest determination by the collective of all actors, public and private, who really love sport and must unite more firmly than never to defend it,” the minister warned.

The minister reported that there were already 7 detainees for the serious altercations, although the number of those arrested could have grown to 9, as reported by BMI this Monday.


The duel between Olympique de Marseille and Olympique de Lyon scheduled for this Sunday at 8:45 p.m. at the Stade Vélodrome was suspended after the visiting bus was stoned by OM fans, injuring coach Fabio Grosso.

“We must avoid what happened to Fabio Grosso, coach of Olympique Lyonnais, it is completely unacceptable. This is something that can no longer happen in football. Only unconscious people. Ruining a party, with a full stadium, with 65,000 spectators. Although whether outside the stadium, it is unacceptable. I am angry, I am really dismayed by the situation,” said Marseille president, Spaniard Pablo Longoria, in statements to Prime Video.

The Lyon bus arrived with almost all the windows broken by the throwing of different objects, while the visiting coach was hit by some of them. Grosso had to be treated with glass in his face, shocked by some direct impact, as the Lyon owner explained.