JUSTICE Following the invasion of the field during the derby against Lille on September 18, several RC Lens supporters had been banned from the stadium and had to report to the police station until 'four times a day

RC Lens : The prefecture repeals stadium bans deemed too restrictive

RC Lens supporters invade the pitch during the derby against Lille — FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP

General relaxation. The Pas-de-Calais prefecture has announced Thursday repeal “overly broad” administrative stadium bans (IAS) which forced Lensois supporters to report to the police station for each match of L1, L2 or the French team, sanction disputed by their lawyer.

These supporters, involved in the overflows during the Lens-Lille derby on September 18 in Ligue 1, were also, for some, to score for all the matches of the RC Lens  youth teams. and, for others, for all French league matches involving a professional team.

Overly restrictive stadium bans

The prefect of Pas-de-Calais acknowledged “that the administrative bans on stadiums”, signed by the sub-prefect of Lens, “were general on the number of matches concerned.”

“It repeals them today and will resume other, less restrictive ones. The desired objective is to guarantee the smooth running of football matches without any problems. public order,” of the supported club,” to Me Pierre Barthélémy, who defends a dozen of these supporters. “This is the first time I see ça (…) It’s a measure that has not been done at all. thoughtful.”