Everton supporters travelling to Lyon for Thursday’s Europa League Group Stage tie have been advised not to travel to the Groupama Stadium if they don’t have tickets for the game.
The Club, alongside Merseyside Police, have held meetings with the relevant authorities in Lyon and fans are advised that Place Bellecour in the city centre is the recommended place for Blues to spend the day with lots of bars and restaurants in the locality.
The Groupama Stadium is over 12 miles outside the city centre so the Club, alongside the local authorities, have arranged for shuttle busses to pick-up and drop-off to from the city centre and the stadium. To access the free shuttle, please check the ‘How to get to the Groupama Stadium’ information in the Away Fan Guide here.
Everton’s Head of Security, Dave Lewis, said: “As a Club we are working very closely with colleagues in Lyon and in partnership with Merseyside Police. We will have staff and stewards in Lyon to help make the experience as enjoyable and as safe as it can be for all travelling Evertonians.”
Merseyside Police has confirmed the force will be providing officers for the Europa League match on Thursday 2 November, as with all European away fixtures. This will include a Match Commander and dedicated football officers who will work alongside French counterparts in the policing of the game.
Chief Superintendent Chris Markey said: “We are working closely with French authorities and Olympique Lyonnais to ensure this match can be enjoyed by all in a safe environment. While we understand and appreciate that many Everton fans will want to travel to Lyon, there will be no opportunity to purchase tickets in the home section of the stadium and the visitors section is sold out.”
“For those travelling with tickets the Place Bellecour in the city centre is an ideal place for away fans. There will also be shuttle pick up and drop offs for away fans to and from the Groupama Stadium. I would advise fans not to venture too far away from this area and suggest that they take a common sense approach to the wearing and displaying of club colours if they do find themselves in other areas of Lyon city centre.
“Travelling supporters are encouraged to monitor both the Club and Merseyside Police’s Twitter feeds for information to assist their visit. And as ever, we would encourage fans to arrive at the stadium in plenty of time to enjoy the atmosphere as there will be a thorough ticket checks and searching to ensure the safety of all.”
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