EXCLUDED – Hello FFF, where did the stadium ban file go?

06 June 2024 / Thibaud Vézirian

Do we really have to wait for a new tragedy to occur in French football for the authorities to react? After the new violent clashes between Lyonnais and Parisians Saturday on the sidelines of the Coupe de France final, these are acts of racisme at Groupama Stadium which shocked the whole world. The icing on the cake, Entrevue is now able to reveal to you that the stadium ban file is no longer populated. And everyone passes the buck.

It is impossible to get an answer on this subject from the French football authorities, It’s no one’s responsibility.. " Anyway, not from us », respond heartily from FFF, LFP or certain ministries questioned. Philippe Diallo, president of the French Football Federation, or Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior, do not seem concerned by this disappearance. However, this national file of stadium bans (FNIS) allowed since 2007 to centralize the most excessive supporters. An interesting safeguard.

Entrevue was able to access several eloquent emails concerning the situation of football supporters banned from stadiums. Two months before the Olympic Games, this state of affairs is particularly worrying. When are we going to resolve the security problem around and in French stadiums? Today it is so easy to put just about anything in there. And above all, just about anyone.

For example, a ticket for the Champions League final Liverpool-Real Madrid at the Stade de France in May 2022 has been resold up to 1875 times… Organized fraud, permanent violence. Who benefits from the crime? Why isn't anyone moving?

According to our sources, with prefects in particular, there is no longer “ no centralization of the stadium ban file since 2017 ". For some sources, it would even have been “ deleted on the sly ».

This visibly bothered certain clubs, keen not to annoy their ultras. Jean-Michel Aulas would not have been against burying this embarrassing means of control for the most virulent supporters. A way to buy peace in the stands? Even if it means having a few outlaws to manage in your own stands?

According to our information, it was in 2017 that the former boss of Olympique Lyonnais Jean-Michel Aulas went to meet the Minister of the Interior, Gérard Colomb, on this subject, also a former mayor of Lyon and a big supporter of OL. The file disappears from radar and no longer seems to be of any use. A decision which would have been taken with the consent of Philippe Diallo, then president of the Union Patronale des Clubs Professionnels, and Noël Le Graet, then president of the FFF.

In recent weeks, the LFP has made strong progress to finalize an agreement on security with the ministers of the Interior, sports and justice. It's still slipping. Proof of the bickering between senior leaders of French football?

After multiple phone calls, a source finally tells us that the file would be in the possession of the General Directorate of the National Police (DGPN). Who would have buried it deep in a pile of files. And its access would be hyper “ control ».

What is Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior and former very good referee, doing? to help French football cure its ills (here in photo with the referees Stéphanie Frappart and Benoît Millot, on the right)? Why not restore order when French football seems to be facing repeated acts of violence?

No information is available on the date of the last update of the Stadium Ban File. How many supporters still show up in a police station? No one is able to answer us. So should we be worried about the situation? Doubtful pout...