The ultras of the two clubs have decided to boycott the match at the Stade de France, limited to a gauge of 5 000 people, due to the coronavirus. A few hundred fans have made the trip for this event that they consider historic.The Stade de France, when training football players of AS Saint-Etienne, france, Thursday, July 23, 2020. (FRANCK FIFE / AFP)
This is the first official competition match of football since mid-march and the beginning of the confinement in the hexagon. The final of the coupe de France opposes, Friday, 24 July at 21h, Paris Saint-Germain to Saint-Etienne in a stadium in France, which ring hollow. Because of the outbreak of coronavirus, which is always present, only about 5 000 persons are allowed in the enclosure, which is 16 times more squares.
If you remove the players, the organization of the two clubs, journalists, invited guests, it was 3 500 tickets for spectators, of which 1 200 for each club. Insufficient according to the ultras of PSG and the Greens that boycotted so the meeting. AS Saint-Etienne has decided not to sell tickets, to respect the choice of fans. Those who, against all odds, have decided to attend the match, expect a special atmosphere, unique.
To be able to say “I was there”
There are a little over a year ago, on April 28, 2019, the final of the Coupe de France against PSG at Stade Rennes. The Stade de France was full and reasoned voice of thousands of supporters singing the Marseillaise. But this Friday night, fans are likely to hear most of all…The wind whistling ! Turns closed, spectators confined to the first rings at the bottom of each forum, Johanna, a fan of the PSG will be there and expects to be a strange experience.“Without the Kop (the ultras of PSG), there is really no atmosphere, so there I do not know what will happen, but I think we will be able to hear and our voice will perhaps think more.”
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I really hope that we can make a maximum of noise and we hear it on tv.Johanna, supporting the PSGà franceinfo
And yet, it is just a few hundred fans have sought, have required these places. Sikou account hours before the game. “Unfortunately, with this health crisis, this year, we will remember it all, but at the same time, we will remember each trophy won in this period, I think. I will be there, I will be able to say ‘I was there’.”
A little bitterness, but not out of fear of the virus
Ditto in the enemy camp accustomed to the boiling “Cauldron”. Dorian, 35 years old, a fan of the Green, made a special trip. “Go see a final of France Cup Saint-Etienne. I don’t know if I will see again on the other, I would have preferred to be behind the goals and to break me the voice.”
Manual, it also is one of those rare supporters of the greens who oppose the boycott dictated by the ultras of saint-etienne. “I have a little bit of bitterness to me and say, ‘me, I’ll be there, there are plenty who will not’. Provided, that is, it’s been months that we deprive ourselves of many things in relation to this health crisis.”
We have the opportunity to spend time pleasant with my son and I didn’t think further than that.Manual, support of Saint-Etienneà franceinfo
And these are not the health threats that hinder these supporters, especially not Lassad. “I do football every weekend, so one is required to shake hands, exchange sweats, so at the Stage of France, where there will be one every ten rows, I have no fear.” However, this Friday evening, it is at the centre of the lawn and not in the forum that the master winner will hold the cup.