AS have confirmed that Sevilla fans will be unable to travel to their final Champions League group game against Lens on Tuesday after an official decree from the French government.
The decree is a result of multiple ugly scenes in French football over the last year, which culminated in a Nantes fan being tragically killed after being stabbed in their home game against Nice. As a result, no away fans were allowed to travel to games where there was deemed to be a high risk of violence.
When the two teams faced off in Sevilla on September 20, the two sets of fans took to fighting, and there were also ugly scenes between Sevilla and Arsenal fans on October 25, 2022. As a result, it has been deemed that there is a chance of violence should Sevilla fans make the away trip.
The decree “prohibits fans from travelling through various places to support their team. The ban can also prohibit access to airports, train stations and ports.” Should groups of Sevilla supporters be caught in France, the punishment could lead to a €30,000 fine and six months in prison.
GSFN | Finn Entwistle