30 years later, a peaceful memorial

Children gathered on May 4, 2022 at the football field of Armanseri Stadium in Furiani, Corsica, in honor of the casualties in the tragedy that occurred on May 5, 1992,

May 5, 1992 “The worst disaster in French sports”The Furiani Stadium stand on Corsica collapsed, killing 19 people and injuring more than 2,300. Thirty years later, to this day, Thursday, May 5th, there will be a minute of silence before the semi-final match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and Rotterdam in Feyenoord at Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Europa League conference.

There is a paradox about the 2022 entry into force of the law banning matches on May 5th at the French convention, as the conference will still be held on that day.But that’s the context of the European event, the semifinals of the Europa League conference, and the group of victims it is. “First purpose” By sanctifying this day in the future.

“This year, these are very symbolic and special memorials.”According to Joseph Gidicelli, president of the group of victims. That day she lost her father’s journalist, Jean-Pierre Gidicelli. “Symbolics”because “30 years of tragedy” When “especially (…) Because on October 20, 2021, there was this law that caused the match to freeze on May 5. “..

This request requires that no soccer match between the first and second parts, Coupe de France and the Champions Trophy be played on May 5. “It was very important to us.”I remember the person who was 4 years old on the day of the tragedy. “This battle took 10 years to succeed” It was the main demand of the group. Victims have so far stumbled upon the resistance of the Professional Football League and the French Football Federation (FFF), which have been embarrassed by the organization of the tournament.Therefore, these are “Much more peaceful and much more peaceful memorial”M insisted.myself Guidicelli.

“Players wear black armbands”

“It was clear that as soon as we knew the date of May 5th and passed the qualifying, we would ask the UEFA to mark the match as a memorial.”During a press conference organized by the club and a group of victims on Tuesday, OM’s Director of Communications, Jack Cardose, explained. “UEFA has embraced the principle of one minute of silence. Players wear black armbands, announcers read the text and messages are broadcast on a huge screen.Cardoze was added.

“Here, the sun sets and I feel better. »» After some of these words spoken by Radio France Cors journalist Michel Bivalelli on May 5, 1992, a major clash and deafening silence occupied the antenna for a few minutes. The stand on the north side of Furiani’s Armanseri Stadium had just collapsed.

It was “National tragedy, one of the darkest pages in sports history [française] »»Underlined Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu in February 2021 when Parliament adopted a text carried by Corsica’s adjutant.

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Of course, there will be this Marseille-Feyenoord on Thursday. Renaud Muselier, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, or Jean-Charles Orsk, Mayor of Bonifacio in southern Corsica, called for a move to another date. “Respecting the victim’s memory”.. Without success. “It’s a shame for symbolismM insist.myself Guidicelli, But that doesn’t change anything in our memorial. “, Marked annually by a meditation ritual at 4 pm in front of the collapsed stele of the Tribune. Then, at 6 pm, Mass is celebrated at Bastia Cathedral.

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