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 final Champions League group stage match against Lens in France. The French interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, announced the ban in an interview on Sunday night, and it has now been confirmed by a local government order.
According to the order from 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, to 3 am on Wednesday, December 13. The decision was made due to security concerns, as previous incidents involving Sevilla fans have raised alarms.
Lens currently sits in third place in Group B with five points, with a chance of progressing to the last-16. On the other hand, Sevilla is at the bottom of the group with only two points. Despite their position, both teams are still in contention for a Europa League spot.
Sevilla expressed their disappointment and disagreement with the ban in an official statement. They are actively engaging with the Spanish government to prevent the implementation of the ban, considering that many fans have already made travel arrangements. A major Spanish supporters’ group has also announced its intention to dispute the order in court.
Sevilla president Jose Castro called the decision “a genuine atrocity” and stated that they are working with the national government to find a solution. He emphasized that the ban was announced with very little notice, leaving fans with limited time to respond.
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 challenge it in court with the support of their counterparts in the National Association of French Supporters and Football Supporters Europe (FSE).
Sevilla and its fans hope that good sense will prevail, and they are awaiting further updates from UEFA regarding the situation. The next few hours will be crucial in resolving this matter and ensuring that the rights of European football fans are respected.
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