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

Sevilla Fans Banned from Travelling to Lens for Champions League Match

Sevilla fans have received disappointing news as they have been prohibited from attending their team’s final Champions League group stage match against Lens in France. The ban was announced by French interior minister Gerald Darmanin in an interview on Sunday night and has 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 displaying such behavior will be forbidden from entering Lens’ Bollaert-Delelis stadium or its surroundings from 10am on Tuesday, December 12 to 3am on Wednesday, December 13. The decision was made due to concerns about security risks associated with the presence of Sevilla fans.

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

The Pas-de-Calais department justified its decision by referring to previous incidents involving clashes between Sevilla and Arsenal fans after their match in September, as well as clashes between Sevilla and Roma fans prior to last season’s Europa League final. The order also mentioned the links between Sevilla supporters and those of Belgian side Club de Liege, who could potentially attend the match due to their geographical proximity, as well as the migrant pressure in Calais.

Sevilla has expressed its disagreement with the ban and has published an official statement stating that it is actively working with the Spanish government to prevent its implementation. The club has also vowed to lodge a complaint with UEFA regarding the lack of notice and time for response. President Jose Castro described the decision as a “genuine atrocity” and assured fans that the club’s liaison officer will assist them in any way possible.

FASFE, the Federation of Shareholders and Members of Spanish Football, has declared the order to be a violation of European Union rules. They plan to dispute it in court with the support of the National Association of French Supporters and Football Supporters Europe.

Sevilla and its fans hope for a resolution to this situation, emphasizing the importance of fair treatment and the preservation of Europeans’ rights. The club has also reached out to UEFA for further guidance and updates.

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