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Digard: Fan safety is paramount

29 November 2013 12:56

Nice captain Didier Digard says that scenes of violence among fans in French stadiums simply cannot be repeated.

Nice's 1-0 home defeat to Saint-Etienne on Sunday was marred by unwanted trouble in the stands, with visiting fans ripping up seats and throwing them.

As a result, the French football league (LFP) have banned Saint-Etienne fans from travelling to any away matches for the rest of 2013.

The ruling means that supporters will miss three matches, including a glamour tie at French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de la Ligue.

And Digard, who spent two loan spells at Nice before signing permanently in 2011, believes that while fans have a crucial role to play in matches, safety for all must be paramount.

"It gives a bad image of football. The fans are very important," Digard told L'Equipe.

"When I see Saint-Etienne will be deprived of travelling supporters, it may be a handicap. What is the solution? I don't know.

"A stadium is not a place where one should see such things. I want families to come in peace, without fear of clashes between supporters."

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 5 +5 11
2 5 +5 10
3 5 +5 10
4 5 +0 10
5 5 +7 9
6 5 +3 9
7 5 +3 8
8 5 +2 7
9 5 +1 7
10 5 -1 7
11 5 -4 7
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13 5 +0 6
14 5 -1 6
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