Maider Arosteguy, mayor “Les Républicains” of Biarritz, spoke this Sunday on The Indian Paper after the declarations of the Prefecture of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques deploring the non-respect of health rules during the Basque derby Biarritz-Bayonne on Saturday. While the 5,000 spectators had to be respected, the stands were particularly full.
The prefect of Pyrénées-Atlantiques strongly condemned the non-compliance with anti-coronavirus health rules during the Biarritz-Bayonne Basque derby in the Top 14 / Pro D2 jump-off. While the 5,000 spectators had to be respected, the stands were particularly full. How do you react to this controversy?
I was at the stadium (Aguilera), a stone’s throw from the president of the League (René Bouscatel). The Biarritz police commissioner was behind me, the sub-prefect just above. The match seemed to go off without a hitch, in an absolutely incredible atmosphere. It was when the sub-prefect left the premises, on the order of the prefect because the sanitary conditions were not respected, in particular because of the gauge, that we realized that something was happening. pass.
Why were the sanitary rules not respected?
I have no answer for you because the president of the BO (Jean-Baptiste Aldigé) showed a document showing that the number of tickets sold was indeed 5,000 and no more. It is true that there seemed to be a lot of people in this stadium. The president of the BO defends himself. I don’t know what happened so that there were more than 5,000 people in the stadium.
Are you worried about the next few days?
In theory, the spectators who attended this match were either vaccinated and had to demonstrate it, or they had done a PCR test. In principle, those present were not contaminated at the time of the match. That’s how it was sold to us. But for the sake of protection of Biarrots and spectators, I will propose to the vaccination center installed in Biarritz, within eight days, that the people they wish be offered a screening test for Covid-19. This event is still an extraordinary event.
Are you going to ask for an investigation?
You should know that the property of the stadium was given to the BO about twenty years ago, so it is a private place. My responsibility was to organize and monitor fan-zone security and public order in the city. Inside the stadium, which is a private place, it is the sub-prefect who organized all the security with the club. I trust the prefect, the prosecutor and the members of the League to shed light on this case and take the necessary measures so that the club is not particularly penalized.
How was it in town after the game?
There were a lot of people, a lot of joy. But at 11 p.m., cafetiers and restaurateurs closed their establishments, the crowd dispersed. It was a good-natured atmosphere, there was no overflow.