St Etienne played Lyon last weekend in what’s known as ‘The Derby.’ The rival teams played in St Etienne and Sim was pretty excited to get tickets. I thought about tagging along until I read in the paper that St Etienne and Lyon, along with Nice, Bordeaux and Montpellier, are the clubs most affected by hooliganism in France!
St Etienne is in the department of Loire, while Lyon is in Rhône. If you remember from previous blog posts,
- Cars have their department number on their number plates – cars from Loire have a 42 and cars from Rhône a 69; and,
- Sim barracks for St Etienne.
With this in mind, Sim tells me that the Stéphanois (St Etienne supporters) are known to search for cars with 69 on their number plates and vandalise them. Which is potentially unlucky for him, as he lives in Rhône!
Check out this video of the OL bus arriving at Stade Geoffroy Guichard. Warning – rude fingers! I can’t help but wonder what the players do in response…
Yes I know it’s tame in terms of hooliganism, but hey – it’s You Tube! I won’t translate the chants though, because my blog may get shut down!
PS. Lyon won – in the final minutes, with a goal from ex-Stéphanois, Bafétimbi Gomis – but I’m not allowed to say that out loud!