Biarritz Risk Sanctions After Post-match Pitch Invasion
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Mon 14th June 2021 | 02:44 PM
Biarritz are facing an inquiry by prosecutors over a mass pitch invasion by rugby fans flouting Covid distancing rules after their derby win over Bayonne on the weekend
Paris, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Jun, 2021 ) :Biarritz are facing an inquiry by prosecutors over a mass pitch invasion by rugby fans flouting Covid distancing rules after their derby win over Bayonne on the weekend.
It said that the 5,000-fan limit was "obviously exceeded" for the Saturday evening contest in Aguilera de Bayonne stadium.
It also accused the club of failing to systematically check that fans had a new Covid health pass and of flouting a ban on take-away alcohol sales in the stadium.
Biarritz countered that they had implemented "all the measures at its disposal to respect its health obligations" and that "there was no disturbance of public order".
"The pitch invasion was the occasion for a joyful moment shared by people who were vaccinated and/or showed a negative Covid test before entering the stadium," club president Jean-Baptiste Aldige said in a statement.
He called it "a happy interlude that was good for everyone in this stressful period".
Biarritz were left rejoicing after the Basque club secured a return to the top flight of French rugby following a nailbiting play-off final against neighbours Bayonne that ended in a penalty kick tiebreak.
But bars and restaurants are urging it to end the restrictions sooner, saying the curfew will prevent them profiting from a highly anticipated France-Germany Euro 2020 football clash on Tuesday night.
"The desire to live is always predominant," he said, adding: "Perhaps it's time to consider lifting the curfew."