When it was announced that Stephanie Frappart had been appointed to run the Coupe France final, a wind of rebellion blew among Nice supporters. If Christoph Galtier calmed the situation, the choice of the union was discussed in the locker room of the gymnasium.
The mere mention of Stephanie Frappart as the referee for the Coupe de France final made Flavius Danieluk blush and smile, present Friday afternoon at a press conference, two days before a match against Troyes Capital in the race for ‘Europe’. “I saw it too, we talked about it this morning in the dressing room,” he began, before peeking at the press officer, as if looking for a lifeline, a big smile still on his lips. “The last matches with her have not always led to good decisions for us, but I think she is a good referee, he continues. She must be respected and we must respect this decision.”
Not aware of the petition organized by the sports club’s supporters, the young Austrian defender (20) assured him: “OGC Nice is not part of this petition.”
Since Thursday, the Nice community has been rising against the union’s decision. “Bravo Nantes for this headline, we couldn’t do anything,” could we particularly read on Twitter. “On the networks, I saw a message from a fan who was asking for a petition, so I fired one, we have nothing to lose, explains Julian, a gym fan. It’s not so much about the club but about football in general. I don’t understand how you can place league referees Ligue 1 is at this level when the situation is pathetic. Last month, there was also a story with Auxerre against Toulouse with shocking facts about Auxer’s game. It turns out that Ms. Frappart has no place in the Coupe de France final.”
At the end of this encounter, Auxerrois Quentin Bernard also beat Stéphanie Frappart, retracting: “When the pros are judged by amateurs…”, earned him three suspension matches, two of which were suspended.
Match facts against Nice twice
In Nice, talking about Stephanie Frappart necessarily refers to the matches in Brest and Strasbourg. In Alsace, the only central referee in Ligue 1 has brought two Aiglon back into the locker room: Captain Dante, for two yellow cards, and Justin Kluivert for statements long denied by Riviera. “The referee was strange to say the least, complained Morgan Schneiderlin. I can speak about it personally because I’ve already had to deal with that referee and the red I received against Brest is as unfair as the two handed out on Saturday (match day).”
The author of the petition that brought together 200 supporters this morning, Julien regrets the silence of the leaders of Nice: “I know very well that my petition will not be followed by the club because the OGC Nice club is as careful as possible so that we do not light the wicks too much. We must fists on the table a little like Does PSG, OM or OL.
Galtier and Fournier play appeasement
On the contrary, Christophe Galtier was careful not to add fuel to the fire: “I consider Stephanie Frappart to be one of the best referees in the tournament. We had disagreements during the matches and Strasbourg and Brest but if she is appointed to referee this final is for everyone to trust him in his ability to establish A match like this, says the Nice coach. I don’t see in Stéphanie Frappart someone who doesn’t like OGC Nice and I’m not a coach who doesn’t like Stéphanie Frappart. She will prepare with her team and her assistants like us coaches with our players.”
OGC Nice director of football, Julien Fournier, agrees: “It didn’t even cross my mind to tell me that Stephanie Frappart would be against OGC Nice. I don’t ask myself if we would be punished happily. Moreover, if she is appointed, we consider her eligible, I’ve already played big games, so that’s really not a concern for me.
Regarding the petitions, “we must not release them,” claims Christoph Galtier, who refutes the notion that this choice was made for political reasons: “We must let Mrs. Frappart prepare with the greatest serenity possible.”