Representatives of supporters and associations against homophobia met Wednesday in a "climate of goodwill", under the auspices of the Professional Football League.
After weeks of polemics over the management of homophobic insults in stadiums – the latest on Tuesday between Christmas Le Graët and Roxana Maracineanu – supporters, associations and leaders of the French football championship met Wednesday, September 11 at the headquarters of the League professional football (LFP).
The League has learned a clear lesson: "We need the politicians to trust us and let us work"asked its director general, Didier Quillot, at the end of this meeting. All participants welcomed the climate of confidence in which the meeting took place, starting with Mr Quillot, who welcomed "The climate of benevolence" of the meeting, which allowed "To bring down the temperature".
"We have been able to reduce the gap that exists between us"Also, after the meeting, Bertrand Lambert, president of the PanamBoyz and Girlz United association, who denounces homophobia in football, is working on the subject with the LFP.
"Trust the fans"
The National Association of supporters had, in extremis, confirmed its participation in the meeting despite its rebellious communique the day before. A spokesman claimed to have "Obtained guarantees and commitments" claimed, namely "A moratorium on collective sanctions (in camera, closures of tribunes or visitor sectors) as soon as the repressed facts result only from the behavior of some of the supporters".
The president of the LFP, Nathalie Boy de la Tour, also insisted on the trust to be granted to the various actors: "I trust supporters, supporters, club presidents and football players to find together the path that will allow us to grow stronger and more united in this situation. "
In addition to the gap between the LFP and the supporters during this crisis, differences of view have emerged between the League, the Federation and the Ministry of Sports since in March, the Minister Roxana Maracineanu has made her battle horse after having attended a match between Paris and Marseille.