It could only be Les Froergs

#1
According to Euronews, some French minister today publicly stated that if the national anthem was booed at any match in France at which the national team was playing, the game would immediately be cancelled.

This because last week at a friendly(???) match between France and Tunisia the Marsaillaise was roundly booed.

Anyone fancy a few weekends disrupting the fcuk out of Frog international footie????
 
#2
Nothing new there, there was booing at the Morocco game and a full scale pitch invasion at the Algeria one which resulted in the game being abandoned. That was better entertainment than the football.
 
#3
Sarkozy outraged by anti-French jeering during national anthem

From France 24 website

France’s Sports Minister, Roselyne Bachelot, announced the decision to suspend all football games where the French national anthem is booed by supporters, after insistent jeers were heard during Tuesday’s friendly win over Tunisia in the landmark Stade de France in Paris.

“Every game during which our national anthem, the Marseillaise, is booed or jeered at will be immediately suspended, and members of the government will leave the stadium,” declared Bachelot, adding that France will also suspend future friendly games with the home countries of the insulting supporters.

The announcement came after an unscheduled meeting between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes, hastily summoned after the game. Bachelot and the Ministerial Secretary for sports and former rubgy trainer Bernard Laporte were also present. “President Sarkozy wanted to underline his indignation following these scandalous incidents,” said Bachelot.

Escalettes acknowledged the decision, but underlined the “security risk” posed by cancelling a game with tens of thousands of spectators. “We can’t just send 50,000 angry spectators to the street without providing the necessary security precautions. The government has guaranteed it will take responsibility for the decision,” he stressed.

Penal sanctions for supporters

In addition to the announced suspensions, French Interior Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie called for harsher sanctions against the offenders. She has asked the Prefect of Seine Saint Denis, who oversees the Stade de France jurisdiction, to officially report the authors of insults against the national anthem to the regional prosecutor, adding that “the investigation can use the videos filmed during the game by the surveillance cameras” installed for that purpose under her ministry. Insulting the national anthem is considered a criminal offence in France.

Earlier, on Tuesday, Laporte had suggested on radio RMC that “France should stop handing out the stick used to beat it, therefore stop scheduling games at the Stade de France with countries whose citizens insult France.” His appeal was widely criticised, though, including by people from his own party.

“I don’t agree with my colleague’s suggestion to re-locate games against certain nations in smaller towns and stadiums. Although it probably stemmed from a good intention, I believe it would be a mistake,” said Fadela Amara, ministerial secretary for urban affairs, herself the daughter of Algerian immigrants. She agrees with Alliot Marie’s initiative to identify the offenders and sanction them. “These youths must understand that you just can’t do that in France, that their attitude will not be tolerated.”

Immigrant unrest ?

Many of Tuesday’s 60,000 crowd were French citizens of Tunisian descent. Friendlies against North African sides traditionally attract widespread support from sizeable immigrant communities in and around the French capital.

Some booed when the names of the French players were read out over the PA system before kickoff, reaching a crescendo for Hatem Ben Arfa, born in France to Tunisian parents and who opted to play for the country of his birth despite overtures from the Tunisian Federation.

The whistling which had accompanied the playing of the French national anthem before kickoff was reminiscent of that which also occurred prior to friendlies with Algeria in 2001 and Morocco in November last year. In 2002, former President Jacques Chirac momentarily left the Stade de France’s presidential box when the Marseillaise was booed by Corsicans in a Lorient-Bastia game. This history has prompted some to claim that the measures announced by the government amount to hot air.

“Just calling their attitude scandalous won’t fix anything,” believes Marie-George Buffet, leader of the French communist party, adding that she prefers to focus on what she sees as “the cry of people who are suffering, who don’t feel at home in France.”
Le gouvernement is overreacting imho. How are you going to clear a stadium of disgruntled punters who have paid good money for a game then get chucked out before kick off? It was an absolute free for all when the Algeria game was abandoned, my son was terrified and we had to jump down from a wall to get out the stadium. This is just asking for even more trouble.
 
#4
scrofula said:
According to Euronews, some French minister today publicly stated that if the national anthem was booed at any match in France at which the national team was playing, the game would immediately be cancelled.

This because last week at a friendly(???) match between France and Tunisia the Marsaillaise was roundly booed.

Anyone fancy a few weekends disrupting the fcuk out of Frog international footie????
To be fair the lack or respect shown during the anthems at any international is starting to grip my sh*t. Lets do our talking on the pitch or in the bars/clubs/streets afterwards.

That said, they're only French so fcuk em.
 

Alsacien

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#5
codename1157 said:
scrofula said:
According to Euronews, some French minister today publicly stated that if the national anthem was booed at any match in France at which the national team was playing, the game would immediately be cancelled.

This because last week at a friendly(???) match between France and Tunisia the Marsaillaise was roundly booed.

Anyone fancy a few weekends disrupting the fcuk out of Frog international footie????
To be fair the lack or respect shown during the anthems at any international is starting to grip my sh*t. Lets do our talking on the pitch or in the bars/clubs/streets afterwards.

That said, they're only French so fcuk em.
I agree. People not showing appropriate respect for national athems annoys me too - especially when its their own :x
 

Command_doh

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#6
They were probably just pished off that most of the French National team consisted of players descended from their country or other African Colonial Territories (just like their World Cup and Euro Cup winning teams).

But to be fair, at least their Gobment actually have a sense of Cultural identity and give a shoite. Unlike our spineless Parliamentarian hijackers.
 
#7
Have to agree that I don't think much of people who boo at national anthems either ( hence title of post!). I can - just - remember people standing for "The Queen" before leaving the cinema. Where did we start going wrong???? Just on footie stuff off the telly. Today I nearly laughed my dick off when I saw on CNN that Slovakia had beaten Poland 2 - 0 in a World Cup qualifier. The pointyheads take footie veeeeery seriously, and to be honest, they are pretty good at it - Polish league matches are usually quite watchable. The Slovaks, on the other hand....1st div Slovak teams play like under-12s in Sussex. Kind of double whammy....as the pointyheads (pop. 38 million) think they are vastly superior to their "poor" neighbour Slovakia ( pop. 5 million).
 
#8
Command_doh said:
They were probably just pished off that most of the French National team consisted of players descended from their country or other African Colonial Territories (just like their World Cup and Euro Cup winning teams).

But to be fair, at least their Gobment actually have a sense of Cultural identity and give a shoite. Unlike our spineless Parliamentarian hijackers.
Surely you cannot mean Gordon and his crowd lack a national pride? did not Cyclops demand all state buildings should fly the Union flag as often as possible and twice on Sundays, in case anyone had forgotten what it looked like?
 
#9
Have to agree - a bit of decorum FFS.

You might not like the country you're playing, let them sing theirs and then out-sing them!!!

Likewise, the duffers that can't keep quiet during a silent tribute before kick-off at football.

Sorry Scrofula, not old enough to remember that in the cinema.

I do remember the National Anthem being played when TV was shutting down for the night.
 
#10
TV shut down for the night? As in it wasn't on 24hrs!? That's just weird!!!!! you must be ancient! :wink:
 
#11
Aaaah, The cinemas I was talkin about even had funny - looking girlies in uniform who showed you to your seat with a torch ( big Every-Ready batteries inside), to say nothing of half-time icecream sellers with a shelf-full of munchies strapped round their neck down by the "stage". God, yes, I can safely say that I'm talking about the last Century here......but I'm not that ancient, I'm remembering Dunfermline circa, '70, '71' 72.
 
#12
scrofula said:
Aaaah, The cinemas I was talkin about even had funny - looking girlies in uniform who showed you to your seat with a torch ( big Every-Ready batteries inside), to say nothing of half-time icecream sellers with a shelf-full of munchies strapped round their neck down by the "stage". God, yes, I can safely say that I'm talking about the last Century here......but I'm not that ancient, I'm remembering Dunfermline circa, '70, '71' 72.
And not forgetting the saturday morning childrens cinema.

before the tv was in everbodies home.

was that late 50's or early 60's???
 
#14
oldgoat said:
PS.

Fcik the frogs.

may be we could do a swop?

all white brits to france and all non white french wogs to the uk.

Could be a good idea?
You've got the base of a plan there, how about

All non white Brits to France and then seal up the tunnel and sink the Ferries!
 
#15
I totally concur with the posters who don't like jeering or mocking any national anthem, their own or the anthems of others.
I go to all the Harvard hockey games and when they play Cornell Univ., which wears red uniforms and whose team nickname is Big Red, the Cornell fans, during the verse of the US anthem that included the phrase "rockets red glare" shriek RED at the top of their lungs. Not to be outdone, the Clarkson Univ fans (team nickname "the Knights") shout out "Knight" during the "gave proof through the night" verse. I think it is very poor taste, especially when men and women the same age as the students are getting shot at in sandy places. It really pished me off during Gulf War One when the wife was in a sandy place.

That being said, the French seem to have issued a challenge to opponents fans that is likely to be taken up. If the French team walks off is that a forfeit?
 
#16
Oldgoat - yeah, kids matinee. I can remember more than one occasion when the projector clicked to a halt and the manager appeared on "stage" to yell that if people didn't shut the fcuk up and stop throwing things we could all go home there and then. Pity the tv doesn't do that. eh!!!!
 
#17
scrofula said:
Aaaah, The cinemas I was talkin about even had funny - looking girlies in uniform who showed you to your seat with a torch ( big Every-Ready batteries inside), to say nothing of half-time icecream sellers with a shelf-full of munchies strapped round their neck down by the "stage". God, yes, I can safely say that I'm talking about the last Century here......but I'm not that ancient, I'm remembering Dunfermline circa, '70, '71' 72.
Well in dunfermline circa 08 you get loads of free food as the chavs down the back throw M&M's at everyone. The old cinema by the high street was a club for a while and now stands empty.
 
#18
scrofula said:
Aaaah, The cinemas I was talkin about even had funny - looking girlies in uniform who showed you to your seat with a torch ( big Every-Ready batteries inside), to say nothing of half-time icecream sellers with a shelf-full of munchies strapped round their neck down by the "stage". God, yes, I can safely say that I'm talking about the last Century here......but I'm not that ancient, I'm remembering Dunfermline circa, '70, '71' 72.
I must be getting old then, I can remember the cinema as you say, the National Anthem being played at the end of the night before the TV went off. I also remember BFBS tv starting very late in the morrning on a weekend (when not on duty in camp) and finishing about 10 at night. (80's). :D
 
#19
Instinct- in my time, there were 2 cinemas in the D, one near Commercial Lane (St.?) ( towards Carnegie Hall) where I went to infant/primary and one in the main drag which burned down circa 74. Insurance job???? Went back to D in about 89/90 and could hardly recognise the place then....I'd dread to go back now!!!!!
 
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