Conference League: Why OM will play on May 5 despite Furiani’s play law

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Om will face club Feyenoord Rotterdam in the Conference League semi-finals. 30 years after the Furiani tragedy and despite a law in France, Marseille will host the Dutch at the Velodrome on 5 May in a return match.

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The National Assembly and Senate passed a law in late 2021 to prevent any professional football matches in France on 5 May. A measure to commemorate the Furiani disaster and the death of 18 people was taken after a stand collapsed during the Coupe de France semi-final between Bastia and OM in 1992. 30 years after the memory of this tragic tragedy, Om will play another semi-final – the final against Feyenoord in the Conference League on 5 May.

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The Marseille club, who qualified after their impressive victory at the PAOK ground in Greece, will therefore play their European semi-finals on 28 April and 5 May. After the first leg in the Netherlands, Payette’s teammates would try to win their ticket to the final in a return duel in their lair at the velodrome.

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Law on May 5: “In tribute to the victims of the national tragedy that occurred during the Coupe de France match played at the Armand-Cesari stadium in Furiani on May 5, 1992, no matches or sporting events were held. The French in the first and second divisions Professional football championships, the French Football Cup and the Trophée des Champions are not played on May 5. During all meetings or sporting events between amateur and professional clubs, except those mentioned in the first sentence of this paragraph, each 5 During the official football matches of the amateur championship on May, each player and member of the refereeing corps of the two teams wear a black armband.

While French law bans football matches on 5 May in France, it does not apply to European posters. Consequently, unless otherwise decided by UEFA, the second leg of the conference league semi-final between OM and Feyenoord will be played 30 years after the Furiani tragedy.

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And this, even though the Marseille club was directly affected by the 1992 tragedy in Corsica. It is therefore essentially charged with emotion for French football during a match that OM will play their place in the final of the Conference League against Rotterdam. club.

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