The mp PCF and former Sports minister believes that “if there is a resumption of matches, it is necessary to allow the clubs to organise, in a manner very serious and the return of the spectators in the stadium”.Marie-George Buffet, member of PCF in Seine-Saint-Denis and former minister of Sports, to the national Assembly in Paris, on April 14, 2020. (STEPHANE LEMOUTON / POOL)
“The sport has no meaning in this relationship between athletes and spectators”, says Wednesday, may 27 on franceinfo mp PCF in Seine-Saint-Denis and former Sports minister Marie-Georges Buffet. It argues for a resumption of the championships, which are stopped because of the outbreak of coronavirus. The former minister refers to the football and League 1, but with the public in the stands : “I am against the resumption of the championship without fans because I find that it loses meaning.” But with health rules to comply with. “We is capable of in a club to manage that the audience, limited in number, to be able to enter the stadium, distribute, wear masks,” she says.
franceinfo : You plead, you, for a recovery with the public in the stadiums ?
Marie-Georges Buffet : Yes, I think the sport has no meaning in this relationship between the athletes and the spectators, and especially in the field of football. So I think that if we allow the le Puy du Fou re-open with the forums of several thousand people, it is capable of in a club to manage as spectators in a limited number are able to enter the stadium, distribute, with masks and ensure health security. As much as I’m against the resumption of the championship without fans because I find that it loses meaning, as much as I think that, if there is a resumption of matches, it is necessary to allow the clubs to organise, in a manner very serious and the return of the spectators in the stadiums.
Adapt, it will always be better than closed ?
Of course. The sport is physical mastery, surpassing oneself, competition, you name it. But it is also a relationship with the men and women of any social class. The stadium, it is a mixture of social as we rarely see so it isn’t going to break all of this. Then of course, we can watch a game on the screen, you will admire the techniques but we will not have this enthusiasm around the sport.
It is a call also to the responsibility of the fans if they ever came to be able to access the stadium ?
We did a report on the supporters, their rights and their duties. The fans have rights but they have duties. I think that it is necessary to empower associations of supporters by imposing, for example, that they require a accreditation to get more rights, but also to make them responsible for their behavior.