Ligue 2: Referees’ union reacts after alleged insults in Bastia: ‘Racism will destroy football’

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A week after fans allegedly made racist remarks towards one of the referees in the Bastia-Quevilly-Rouen match, a spokesman for the Association of Referees (SAFE) spoke to BFMTV. He says he is angry about the acts allegedly committed at Furiani stadium on December 16.

On 16 December, the Ligue 2 match between Bastia and Quevilly-Rouen was interrupted before the end. Reason: Allegation that the spectators made racist insults to one of the referees of the match.

The file was then transferred to the LFP disciplinary committee (the decision is expected on January 17). The Association of Football Referees (SAFE) strongly condemned these comments. But he also regretted FC Bastia’s lack of reaction. In a press release published on Friday, December 22, SAFE criticizes: “Instead of condemning the comments that one of its ‘so-called fans’ could not ignore, the club concerned places the blame on the arbitration decisions.”

The values ​​of football are in danger

Union spokesman Olivier Lamarre spoke on BFMTV on Sunday, December 24: “Referees are there to protect the game, the players, the values ​​of football. When we attack and insult a referee, it is the whole of football that is insulted.” As the referees’ union, we considered that we could not remain silent when the referee, one of the players in the match, was insulted because he was different. “We cannot tolerate diversity not being accepted in football.” “We have no right to destroy football, we must all condemn things that destroy football, racism also destroys football.”

Before finishing: “It may be a social problem, but football should not accept it. We, the referees, cannot accept it either. After a few days, when we saw that no one was talking about this issue, we wanted to accept it. In fact, when we attack the referees, we destroy football, if we want to protect football, we must protect the referees. “

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