Saturday , August 13 2022

OL-ASSE: Fekir's controversial celebration still in all memories – League One


On the occasion of the 14th edition of League 1, Lyon receives the rival Saint-Etienne this afternoon almost a year after Fekir Geoffroy-Guichard's controversial feast.

This Friday, Lyon, the fourth, with 24 points, welcomes his historic enemy Saint-Etienne, the 5th place with 23 points in a derby derby. Both teams are undefeated from 9e day and defeats in Lille for Saint-Etienne (3-1) and in Paris for OL (5-0). This derby will be all the more exciting, so the winner can steal the other's place and move closer to the podium. The desire to triumph over the rival adds a stake in the ranking. A fact that was not relevant last year. Lyonnais did not lose against their neighbors last season, Stéphanois had a year in contrast, while OL was still in the race for a broken podium at the end of the season. This derby will also be the way to celebrate some kind of birthday. Almost a year ago, Lyonnais humiliated the Greens on their lawn (0-5), especially thanks to Fekir's goal, whose feast was controversial.

Chaos of Geoffroy Guichard, almost a year later

It's November 5, 2017, at Geoffroy Guichard, and is 85 years olde minute high-tension derby between Saint-Etienne and Lyon. Guests score 4-0 when Nabil Fekir scored the match. Served in depth by Mariano Diaz, Captain Lyon faces Ruffier and fits perfectly with him. 5-0. "By instinct," he says, Fekir pulls off his shirt and presents him proudly in front of Geoffroy-Guichard's southern gallery.

Following this goal, Etienne's supporters, who felt insulted, invaded the earth, leaving room for a chaotic scene. He called for a police intervention (SIR) for a few minutes. After half an hour of trouble, the game managed to resume on an almost empty stadium and an ungrounded atmosphere of a football stadium. This celebration won the French international conference at a convocation of the LFP Disciplinary Board. He said he did not regret his action "but his consequences". He was finally relaxed.

If he has not been convicted, Nabil Fekir's gesture will remain engraved in Derby's history, and League 1 will be engraved in memory of those supporters for different reasons. But also in the memory of viewers and readers who have been able, for weeks, to attend the debates that this celebration raises. "Irresponsible" and "provocative" for some, "the football we love" for others. The truth is that today the image is resumed. The first 8 seconds of the Canal + trailer – the channel on which the derby will be broadcast – are dedicated to celebrating its surroundings, proving that this image will remain forever in the history of the derby.

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