Official Communication from OM
Olympique de Marseille has taken note of the rulings announced last night by the Disciplinary Committee of the Ligue de Football Professionnel concerning the OGC Nice / Olympique de Marseille match on 22 August 2021.
The club regrets the fact that any invasion of the pitch that could endanger the safety and health of the players was not immediately and more firmly sanctioned.
OM has always been a club deeply committed to the fight against violence and racism.
The footballing authorities had a historic opportunity to set an example by making a mark," said Pablo Longoria, president of Olympique de Marseille. "These sanctions do not seem to take into account the toxic climate that surrounded the match during which their security was not guaranteed, which was acknowledged throughout the hearings. I would also like to commend the referee of the match who never changed his position regarding the endangerment of the players on the pitch and his wish not to restart the match. Our players, who should only be competitors in a football match, were the victims that night. In this particular case, punishing them in anyway for violence seems to me to be an easy solution. As president of OM, my desire has always been and will remain to preserve the safety of all those involved in football."