Asked about the ban on the movement of Lensois supporters for the derby against Lille, at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Lens coach Frank Haise expressed his dismay at a press conference.
Derby with less flavor. That’s what awaits players from Lens, deprived of their supporters, before facing the LOSC this Saturday at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium. The prefectural decree restricting the movement of Sang-et-Or to Lille, published on 4 April, disappointed Lensois coach Frank Haise: “I would have preferred things to be more safe and understandable so that the journey would be in the best possible conditions”, he regrets it.
Following this ban, Red Tigers 1994, a group of Lençois supporters took the initiative to offer local authorities “as safe as possible” courses in order to “destroy (their) goodwill”. An idea that Haise would have liked to see implemented: “I would have preferred the movement as the supporters’ clubs did: both authorized and supervised. Obviously I would have preferred rather than not having the Lancois color in the stadium, Because that’s what he asked for.” The prefectural decree “prohibits driving around a stadium for anyone claiming to be a supporter of RC lenses or who behaves like that.”
“I was very happy to have over 6,000 spectators in training during the week”
In addition to this prefectural decision, the Lençois coach emphasized on underlining the excitement surrounding this derby: “I was very happy to have over 6,000 spectators training during the week. It’s just extraordinary, not that many French clubs don’t. There are those who can, so I am very happy to have these supporters.”
Let us inform that in the half time of the first phase, there was a clash between the supporters of both the camps. Lensois supporters in particular flocked to Bollaert’s lawn.