Sevilla Fans Excluded from Lens Champions League Clash: A Closer Look at the Controversial Ban

Sevilla Fans Banned from Travelling to Lens for Champions League Match

Sevilla fans have received disappointing news as they have been prohibited from traveling to Lens for their final Champions League group stage match against the French side on Tuesday night. The ban was announced by the French interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, in an interview on Sunday night and has now been confirmed by a local government order.

According to the order issued by the Pas-de-Calais department, any person identified as a Sevilla supporter or behaving as one will be forbidden from entering Lens’ Bollaert-Delelis stadium or its surroundings from 10 am on Tuesday, December 12, until 3 am on Wednesday, December 13. The decision was made due to concerns about security, citing previous incidents involving clashes between Sevilla fans and supporters of other teams.

Lens currently sits in third place in Group B with five points, still having a chance to progress to the last-16. Meanwhile, Sevilla is at the bottom of the group with only two points. Both teams are still in contention for a Europa League spot.

Sevilla has expressed its disappointment with the ban and is actively engaging with the Spanish government to prevent its implementation. The club has already received numerous complaints from fans who have already booked flights and made travel arrangements. A major Spanish supporters’ group has also stated its intention to dispute the order in court.

Sevilla president Jose Castro has called the decision “a genuine atrocity” and is working closely with the national government to find a solution. He emphasized that the ban doesn’t make sense as it affects only 300 football fans who are eager to support their team. The club is in contact with UEFA and hopes for a positive outcome.

FASFE, the Federation of Shareholders and Members of Spanish Football, has condemned the ban as a violation of European Union rules. They plan to challenge the order in court with the assistance of the National Association of French Supporters and the FSE (Football Supporters Europe).

The next few hours will be crucial in resolving this issue, as Sevilla and its fans hope that good sense will prevail. The lack of official communication and the suddenness of the ban have caused frustration among supporters. The club is determined to fight for the rights of its fans and ensure a fair resolution to this unprecedented situation.

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