A little over two weeks after the attack on the Commandery by angry fans, OM announced on Monday the next launch of “Agora OM”, a “major initiative for consultation with the supporters”.
A desire to renew the dialogue, or a new gesture of mistrust towards the ultras opposed to management? A little over two weeks after the attack on the Commandery by around 300 angry supporters, OM announced on Monday the launch at the beginning of March of Agora OM, a “major initiative for consultation with the supporters” .
“Concretely, this initiative, which will be officially launched at the beginning of March, will take the form of working groups, platforms for the exchange of ideas and calls for projects so that management and supporters unite in defining supporterism, and so that the popular and diverse Institution OM may live and remain, explains a press release from the club.This project will allow all football and OM lovers, families, children, to reappropriate the term to support so that it is no longer captured by violent gangs. The supporters are the club’s most valuable asset and will remain so. “
And to add: “This project aims to return supportism to all lovers of the OM Institution and its values of requirement and respect, non-violence and diversity. We have made the decision to no longer tolerate no violence committed by ultra supporters. “
A “hand extended to all supporters” assures the club
Contacted by AFP, the director general Hugues Ouvrard, who oversees this new project, speaks of “a collaborative exercise, not a unidirectional initiative of the OM”.
It is also a “hand extended to all the supporters”, he said, including the fringe which attacked the training center, contributing to the plunge of the club in the crisis. Only 9th in Ligue 1, OM are eliminated from the Champions League and their coach, André Villas-Boas, has been laid off.
“We want to work with them, our hand is extended, insists Hugues Ouvrard about the most critical elements with regard to the club. We place the supporters at the heart of the project, OM is a popular club and must On the other hand, we can no longer tolerate violence, “says the leader, explaining that this initiative follows these incidents.
The fear of a maneuver to dissolve groups
Initiated by President Jacques-Henri Eyraud, the “Agora OM” project is “not demagoguery” nor “a Théodule committee” also defends the club GM, who assures that he wants to “start a dialogue and set up an action plan “to” overhaul the supporterism system “.
As soon as the press release was published, however, several voices were raised, such as that of Stéphane Tapie, son of former president Bernard. The latter fears “a maneuver to dissolve supporters’ clubs”.
Fourteen of the attackers of the Commandery are to be tried on February 24, three others on March 22. Five of them are still in detention. On February 3, a joint statement from the six groups of OM supporters called for the departure of President Eyraud, the target of their criticism.