French stadia must tighten controls ahead of Euro 2016


France’s sports minister has claimed that his country’s stadia need tighter security controls before the start of Euro 2016, reports the BBC.

In the aftermath of Marseille’s match against Lyon at the Stade Velodrome, which was halted for 20 minutes after supporters began throwing missiles, Thierry Braillard was quoted as saying that “…It’s unacceptable and I think we need to stand more firm on the security checks.” Braillard continued: “We’re six months away from the Euros and I’m urging everyone to take the measure of what happened.”

Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena was targeted by home fans as he made his first appearance at the Stade Velodrome since leaving Marseille in 2014. Supporters hung an effigy of the player, unveiled a banner labelling him a traitor and threw glass bottles during the second half.

“There are security conditions that need to be respected, you cannot have glass bottles in the stands,” added Braillard.

Euro 2016 takes place in France between 10 June and 10 July next year. The Stade Velodrome is one of the 10 stadia due to host matches.

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