Club officials snubbed by Lille authorities

, 22 January, 20comments  |  Jump to most recent
Everton report that they have had no response from the Prefecture of Lille to a letter penned two months ago that highlighted the club's concerns over crowd security in the town prior to the Europa League match against LOSC in October.

A group of Everton supporters were attacked by locals outside a local bar on the night before the Blues took on Lille in their third Group H game.

And a combination of riot police and undercover officers moved into the town square where hundreds of fans gathered the following day, deploying batons and tear gas and injuring an elderly Evertonian in the process.

Both the club and Liverpool mayor, Joe Anderson, followed up with the Lille authorities to seek answers to both incidents but Everton claim today that, in contrast to the positive response from UEFA's security department and the English FA's security unit, they have received no reply.  

Reader Comments (20)

Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer

David Willett
1 Posted 22/01/2015 at 17:21:51
Not surprised. I spoke to a group of Lille fans after the match and they said the police and local authorities treated all football supporters the same. And just think what we did for the local economy.
Nick Page
2 Posted 22/01/2015 at 17:54:58
What did we expect, they’re fucking French
Dave Lynch
3 Posted 22/01/2015 at 18:01:16
What does Homer Simpson call them?

"Surrender Monkeys"

Nick Entwistle
4 Posted 22/01/2015 at 18:05:30
I’ll corrected you on two counts, Dave.

First up it was Groundskeeper Willy, and second it was "cheese eating surrender monkeys."


Ian Burns
5 Posted 22/01/2015 at 18:12:32
If the French don’t respond, all EFC supporters should refuse to use their letters
Colin Glassar
6 Posted 22/01/2015 at 18:47:42
If they don’t apologise we should refuse to save them for a 3rd time.
Barry Thompson
7 Posted 22/01/2015 at 18:47:00
What use is a ’French letter’ to bungling Bill, we know he’s got no balls
Tony Marsh
8 Posted 22/01/2015 at 19:02:22
The only time authorities on the Continent take football-related violence seriously is if they think English supporters caused it. Otherwise it’s all good. Been going on for decades now and blind eyes have always been turned.

France, Italy, Spain, Turkey... different countries same shithouse fans and police. Even our own government can’t wait to stick the boot in on its own kind..

Harold Matthews
9 Posted 22/01/2015 at 19:16:04
Sorry Barry, don’t include me on that one. A local lad doesn’t get to sit on the throne at Goodison and become a powerful figure in the entertainment business by being a wimp.
Ian Burns
10 Posted 22/01/2015 at 19:33:26
Hear hear Harold - we may criticise BK but there is lot to be thankful for and a wimp he is not
Barry Thompson
11 Posted 22/01/2015 at 19:42:44
Yes he must have banned shareholders from AGM’s for another reason then
Alan Wood
12 Posted 22/01/2015 at 19:48:46
Less of the racist stereotyping guys. I was in Lille and the locals were brilliant. They too hate the police. Too many cheap predictable shots for me. Or have I lost my sense of humour?!
Dave Lynch
13 Posted 22/01/2015 at 20:09:00
Nice one Nick.

Makes me chuckle everytime is see that episode.

Len Hawkins
14 Posted 23/01/2015 at 06:41:10
Bill won’t rock the boat he might get to put Fanny by Gaslight on at the Lille Hippodrome.
Alan Bodell
15 Posted 23/01/2015 at 09:09:51
Typical response from the ’Authorities’ but I agree with the lad’s above comments, Alan. The locals were great apart from the shower of shite that were there the night before and I really think the City of Lille will remember us in a nice way.
Tony Draper
16 Posted 23/01/2015 at 13:20:12
The club wrote to the Lille authorities in November.... still no response.... I reckon that means "Fuck Off we’re not interested".

But I’d have worked that out within a week.

Sean O'Brien
17 Posted 24/01/2015 at 09:18:21
Just take the positives out of the lack of reply. If there had been one iota of evidence to suggest that our fans had been responsible for the trouble, the authorities and Uefa would have been all over it in a shot, assigning blame and trying to belittle out mighty club.

Roll on Bern and another experience to savour.

Brian Burns
18 Posted 24/01/2015 at 21:52:29
Yes, I agree. Let's stand there and watch them run away or surrender as usual. When they ask us to help them, we’ll ignore them and see how they like it.
Mike Owen
19 Posted 25/01/2015 at 12:54:26
Eh lads, wasn't the Second World War 70-plus years ago? And didn't a lot of French people act very bravely in the Resistance?

I went to Lille and had a great time. Was just around the corner from both incidents and knew nothing about them until later. They would not have got anywhere near that level of publicity in the 70s or early 80s. I got home and wondered if I had been at the Storming of the Bastille.

Of course, attacking a small group of fans in or outside a bar is to be condemned. Firing a plastic bullet, or whatever it was, in the circumstances, has to be condemned.

The firing of tear gas was probably an over-reaction. I cannot say as I did not see the scene at that moment in time. But I had wandered through the square before and it was good-natured.

I did walk through the square afterwards though and it was strewn with rubbish. As a group, we can perhaps do better on that score. But were there any bins to put the rubbish in? Nowhere near enough, I thought. Something for the club and authorities to think about for Berne? Especially with the price of beer in the bars there.

I was grateful to the police that they were on duty at the top of the escalators at the metro station near the main square. If they were not there, stopping too many people going down the escalator at once, there could have been an awful accident.

Yes, after the game, the queuing for a metro back to town could have been better handled. But at least the police stopped too many people getting up to the platform at once.

Basically, the metro system was overwhelmed by the number of Evertonians wanting to use it, especially in the three hours before the game. And because of us, many locals could not get on it.

The club was right to write to the authorities in Lille, asking for an explanation of the two incidents. It's disappointing if there has been no reply. Embarrassment? Local, internal politics? Incompetence?
What I do know is that the French people we came across in our 48 hours there were sound.

My bottom line though is:
I don't think the Lille authorities really expected that many supporters there. They had probably been warned, but thought: "We've had 'bigger' clubs here, Manchester United and Liverpool, and they never brought anywhere near that many."

As a result, they were taken aback. Perhaps even got a bit jittery.

So it's just as well that the vast majority of our support is in fact good-natured and well behaved. Come on you Blues.

Dave Kelly
20 Posted 25/01/2015 at 18:29:11
Mike, The Blue Union met with the club prior to the game in Lille, in Wolfsburg and only last week prior to our game in Berne.

On three occasions now we have urged the powers that be to have a "Fan Embassy" that could assist and advise supporters in just the same way that The FSF do for England fans prior to internationals.

Sadly, and in spite of having support on the coal face we are ultimately given short shrift the higher up the food chain. The real losers in all of this is us, the fans who travel to these games. Unfortunately we aren't afforded the help, advice and assistance that England fans enjoy, courtesy of The FA & The Home Office because of the intransigence of one or two of the senior management team.

Whilst we continue to enjoy the support of the Football Supporters Federation on this, but hopefully we will, at some time in the future.

Add Your Comments

In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.

» Log in now

Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.

About these ads

© ToffeeWeb